Posted by: nancyisanders | February 20, 2011

Book Party: Readers Theatre for African American History

Readers Theatre for African American History
by Jeff and Nancy I. Sanders
published by Libraries Unlimited

Welcome to my book party! We’re celebrating the book Jeff and I wrote of reproducible plays teachers can use in the classroom to learn more about African American History. It’s chock full of 20 plays that can be read aloud by students in fourth grade and older.

Today’s stop in our celebrations is on Suzanne Lieurance’s site. Click on the link and join in the fun!

And if you’d like to know more about our book, some of the topics covered in the Readers Theatre for African American History include:
AFRICA’S GLORIES: Abubakari and the Empire of Mali
ABOLITIONISTS: Robert and Harriet (Forten) Purvis Help Lead the Fight
POLITICS: United States Senators (Including Barack Obama when he was Senator!)
TUSKEGEE AIRMEN: True American Heroes
SCIENCE AND MEDICINE: A Scientist Hall of Fame
SPORTS: Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball
THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: The March on Washington

There are teacher resources, extension activities, and even a section explaining the many benefits and ways to use readers theatre in the classroom.

If you’re an educator or know an educator, this book will make African American history come alive to students in countless ways!

And to celebrate Black History Month in your home or classroom today, here is a coloring book you can print out. Based on my picture book, D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet, this coloring book features African American History from A to Z!

To fold and cut this mini-book, download this pdf file, print it out,
and follow the steps below:

D is for Drinking Gourd: Coloring Book

Step 1: Place the paper face-down on the table. Fold the paper in half like a hotdog so you’re looking at the pictures.

Step 2: Open it up and place the paper face-down on the table again. Fold it in half like a hamburger so you’re looking at the pictures.

Step 3: Bring the folded edge over to make another fold.

Step 4: Then open up again like the hamburger in Step 2.

Step 5: Use scissors to cut along the dotted line.

Step 6: Open the paper up flat and place it face-up so you’re looking at the pictures. There will be a hole in the middle.

Step 7: Find the picture of the book’s cover: D is for Drinking Gourd. Hold it facing you so you can read it right-side up. Then fold the top half of the page to the back.

Step 8: Grasp the right side with your right hand and the left side with your left hand. Push these sides together in toward the middle.

Step 9: Bring the cover of D is for Drinking Gourd to be in the front as the cover of the mini-book.

Step 10: Fold the back page to the back of the book. Press all creases firmly.

Read the book together, color in the pictures, and discover what you can learn about African American history!

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