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Black History: Stories from the Scope Collection

 

We have pulled together some of our most beloved stories from Scope about about Black history, from a powerful play about a teen who led a series of sit-down strikes to a gripping nonfiction article about the co-discoverer of the North Pole. We hope you enjoy sharing these stories with your students.

 

Go!

The amazing true story of Wilma Rudolph

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A step-by-step guide to teaching this play
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Preparing to Write
This activity prepares students to respond to the writing prompt.
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Close Reading and Critical Thinking
Students answer close-reading and critical-thinking questions.
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Making Our Voices Heard

How a group of teens organized one of the largest anti-racism protests in the history of their city

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Preparing to Write
This activity prepares students to respond to the writing prompt.
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Close Reading and Critical Thinking
Students answer close-reading and critical-thinking questions.
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The Girl Who Dared

This powerful play tells the story of Barbara Posey, a brave teenager who helped lead a series of sit-down strikes at lunch counters across Oklahoma City during the civil rights movement.

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Writing Planner
This activity prepares students to respond to the writing prompt.
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Character Thinking Tool
Students analyze the protagonist.
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The Man Who Saved a Thousand Babies

Your students will be captivated by the story of Vivien Thomas, who helped to pioneer a lifesaving surgery despite facing extreme prejudice and never having attended medical school.

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Writing Planner
This activity prepares students to respond to the writing prompt.
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Close Reading and Critical Thinking
Students answer close-reading and critical-thinking questions.
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Time Machine Video: The Harlem Renaissance

Immerse your students in the sights and sounds of the Harlem Renaissance. This video also provides important historical context for the Scope play about the life of Langston Hughes, Hold Fast to Dreams.

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Video Discussion Questions
Students answer questions about the video.
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The Fire-Breather

In the early 1900s, Garrett Morgan invented a gas mask that had the potential to change the way Americans fought fires. But how would he convince the world to try it? We’ve paired Morgan’s incredible story with an informational text about the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs.

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Writing Planner
Students synthesize ideas from both texts.
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Close Reading and Critical Thinking
Students answer close-reading and critical-thinking questions.
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Escape From Slavery

Discover the incredible true story of Harriet Tubman, who risked her life helping enslaved men, women, and children escape to freedom.

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Writing Planner
This activity prepares students to respond to the writing prompt.
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Exploring Text Structures
Students answer questions about text structures in the article.
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Frozen Dreams

This gripping article tells the incredible story of Matthew Henson, a co-discoverer of the North Pole who has largely been ignored by history.

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Writing Planner
This activity prepares students to respond to the writing prompt.
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Close Reading and Critical Thinking
Students answer close-reading and critical-thinking questions.
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This Is What Courage Looks Like

During a troubled time in U.S. history, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin stood up to injustice—and helped change America.

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A step-by-step guide to teaching this play
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Writing Planner
This activity prepares students to respond to the writing prompt.
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Close Reading and Critical Thinking
Students answer close-reading and critical-thinking questions.
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Into the Storm

A boy becomes a hero in this delightful tale with a supernatural twist. We’ve paired the story with an informational text about the historical figure on whom one of the story’s characters is based.

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Lesson Plan
A step-by-step guide to teaching this story
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Comparing Characters
This activity prepares students to respond to the writing prompt.
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Close Reading and Critical Thinking
Students answer close-reading and critical-thinking questions.
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Hold Fast to Dreams

Langston Hughes: a biography in poems

Read the Play
Lesson Plan
A step-by-step guide to teaching this play
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Holding Fast to Dreams
This activity prepares students to respond to the writing prompt.
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Close Reading and Critical Thinking
Students answer close-reading and critical-thinking questions.
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The Man Who Saved a Thousand Babies: PHOTO COLLAGE: CHRISTOPHER B. SHORT. BABIES: CORBIS , GETTY IMAGES Time Machine Video: Harlem Renaissance: Rue des Archives/The Granger Collection (harlem); The Fire-Breather: Shutterstock (Background); Cleveland State University, Michael Schwartz Library; Escape from Slavery: Jake Murray; This Is What Courage Looks Like: Hulton Archive/Getty Images (Top Left); Bettmann/Getty Images (Top Middle, Top Right, Bottom Right); Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos (Middle Left, Bottom Left); Robert W. Kelley/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images (Middle); Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images (Middle Right); Frozen Dreams: Illustration: Randy Pollak; Marcel Jancovic/Shutterstock.com; The Girl Who Dared: AP Images; Go!: Artwork by Greg Ruhl from The Superkids Reading Program: Wilma Rudolph © Zaner-Bloser, Inc. Used with permission from Zaner-Bloser, Inc. All rights reserved.; Making Our Voices Heard: Kristine Potter/The New York Times/Redux; Into the Storm: Art by Shane Rebenschied; Hold Fast to Dreams: The Granger Collection