At Goochland Middle School the celebration of Black History Month will be embedded throughout our classrooms. Here’s what the rest of our students and teachers will be doing!
World Language: French and Spanish classes will choose African American figures, and our students will research French/Spanish words to celebrate the significance of these figures.
- Band students will be listen to Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles,Billie Holiday and other exceptional musicians and learn about their background and lives.
- Art 6 students will be studying the work of Stuart Davis, whose work was informed by the Jazz artists in Harlem, New Orleans, etc…, as well as artist, Jacob Lawrence, who created art during the Harlem Renaissance. They will create a work of art based on their style of painting, using the influences of jazz, Cubism and Pop Art.
- Nutrition and Wellness students will complete a research project about Famous Black Chefs. They will also research soul food, rework recipes related to these Southern comfort foods for nutrition profile improvement. They will create displays about their researched chefs and cook a traditional meal for sampling as a culmination of the unit.
- Tech Ed will complete a group project that centers around black innovators. They will research their chosen innovator’s life and famous contributions, collaborate on a paper, and then 3D print a miniature version of their invention/claim to fame.
- Make It Your Business and Digital Input Technology will have a class feature called Black History Presents. Harden will each class/week highlight a Black inventor or business person such as Madame CJ Walker, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Patrice Bath, Charles Drew, Lewis Latimer, Philip Emeagwali, etc.; some of these inventors, entrepreneurs the students are familiar with and some of those featured have made critical contributions that the students may have no clue how they impacted their lives. ET: Follow up discussion will always be how did they impact MY life? May also feature based on Excellence, Creativity, Courage, Honor, Optimism. Information from: https://www.cbcfinc.org/thevillage/2015/02/27/top-ten-black-inventors-you-didnt-know-about/
- STEM Students will look for an African American Executive past or present. They will create a brief summary of the person in keynote with a picture. Students will answer the following questions: Why are there so few African American Executives? Was it difficult to find a person to research? How can we promote diversity? How does diversity improve the business? Students will answer those questions in their own words. A class discussion with fact based evidence will follow and students will record their responses on the additional keynote slides.