The Oxford African American Studies Center is a terrific resource for those looking for scholarly articles about African American history. This resource focuses on live and events that have molded African American culture and history. Students can search by an individual’s name, category, or era in which they lived. Students can also specifically search the biography database by birthdate, birthplace, date of death or place of death, gender, or profession to find an individual’s life story. This is a handy resource for learning about multiculturalism and history. I searched Frederick Douglass to find 677 biographies and 37 primary sources. I appreciate how this site has primary sources easily accessible and labeled as such. In my county, we recently went through a training on the importance of having students answer Document Based Questions using primary sources. The presenter had a lesson about the American flag. We then were instructed to create our own Document Based Question about a person or event from the standards. It took us a while to find primary sources that were informative and relevant. This resource would have helped us create our DBQs quickly and easily. I am excited to share this resource with our presenters and teachers at my school as they create these questions that are based on primary sources in the future. This homepage for this site also has a timeline tab. This is an excited tool to use when learning about specific moments in history. Users can search by topics such as sports, military, literature, Africa, general, women, or business. The user can also search by specific dates. I noticed the sports topic goes all the way back to 1805. This resource also has a map section. There are maps that show the African Kingdoms, African Religions, and African Vegetation Zones among other things. Students can recreate these maps while learning about where specific people are from and where special events happened. It would be engaging to map out where a person was born and the places that person traveled based on their biography. This resource is great for students wanting to learn more about specific people of the past. This is a basic way for students to complete research about something they are interested in, or heroes they have in their life, students can learn from struggles of the past and how we relate to this struggles today. Students can either use the resource for their own curiosity or to complete a school assignment. Overall, biographies are a great way to learn about history and make a real life connection.
Grades: 3 and up. Subject(s): Biographies. Overall rating: 8. Oxford AASC: Douglass, Frederick. (n.d.). Retrieved November 13, 2016, from http://articles.westga.edu:4253/article/opr/t0004/e0168?hi=0&highlight=1&from=quick&pos=1
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