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Education

Lesson Plans

Oregon Black Pioneers is committed to making its research materials available to classrooms. We believe that students gain a better appreciation of Oregon’s history when they have the opportunity to learn about the unique experiences of Black Americans in Oregon.

Below are lesson plans developed by Oregon Black Pioneers and its education partners.  Each includes a Teacher Guide, daily lessons, and activities. These multi-day lessons are designed to align with Oregon Social Studies standards and Ethnic Studies standards.

All lessons are free! Complete the Lesson Plan Request Form to receive the lesson(s) of your choice via email.

Elementary School

Black Pioneers on the Oregon Trail
A Collaboration Between the Oregon Black Pioneers and The Arbor School of Arts and Sciences
Written by Lauren Kristensen, Arbor Center for Teaching and Zachary Stocks, Oregon Black Pioneers

In this Lesson Plan:

Day 1 – Setting the Scene

Day 2 – Using Primary Sources

Day 3 – Oregon Exclusion Laws

Day 4 – Effects of Oregon Exclusion Laws

Middle School

Black Explorers in Oregon

A Collaboration Between the Oregon Black Pioneers and Salem-Keizer School District
Written by Dean Wright, Judson Middle School and Zachary Stocks, Oregon Black Pioneers

In This Lesson Plan:

Day 1 – Introduction to Black Explorers

Day 2 – York

Day 3 – Moses “Black” Harris

Day 4 – Intro to Instagram Assignment

Day 5 – Instagram Assignment

 

Oregon’s Black Exclusion Era

A Collaboration Between the Oregon Black Pioneers and Salem-Keizer School District
Written by Dean Wright, Judson Middle School and Zachary Stocks, Oregon Black Pioneers

In this Lesson Plan:

Day 1 – Anti-Black Laws in Oregon

Day 2 – 1844 Black Exclusion Act

Day 3 – 1849 Black Exclusion Act

Day 4 – Oregon Constitution

Day 5 – Cause and Effect

High School

Oregon’s Black History
A Collaboration Between the Oregon Black Pioneers and Salem-Keizer School District
Written by Lynsey Turner, North Salem High School and Zachary Stocks, Oregon Black Pioneers

In this Lesson Plan:

Day 1 – Black Explorers and Trailblazers

Day 2 – Perseverance

Day 3 – Moving to Oregon

Day 4 – Civil Rights in Oregon

Day 5 – Progress