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Showcase Your Family Pride

Students will read the article and discuss reasons why the focus of the article is a source of family pride. Then they will view a collection of family-related items and identify connections between those items and the values, connections or traditions that are important to their own families. They will write an essay or create an exhibition about family pride.

PROCESS:

  1. Have students read the article, "For nearly 150 years, this house told a story about the African American experience."
  2. After reading, instruct students to write three statements explaining what the "Freedom House" meant to the families that lived there. Responses might relate to safety, community or family history. Challenge students to explain why each of these connections is important.
  3. Have students examine the objects featured in the Smithsonian Learning Lab "Family Pride." Encourage them to select items that remind them of the values, connections or traditions that are important to their own families. If something important is missing, encourage students to provide or draw a picture of their own. Students may also choose to explore the collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to find a relatable object.
  4. Have students incorporate the items into an essay or exhibition about their own families. Challenge them to use the items in a way that shows and tells what their family is proud of.

ASSESSMENT: 

Invite students to share their essays or exhibitions with the class. After all students have presented, challenge the class to identify similarities in the presentations. What values, connections or traditions most often lead to a sense of family pride?

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:     

Grades 3-4:
Read and discuss the article as a class. View the "Family Pride" collection as a class, too. Encourage students to explain what each image shows. Discuss different ways the items could represent important values, connections or traditions in their own families. Then have students each select one item from the site or draw a picture of their own. Instruct them to write a brief essay explaining why that item makes their family proud. 

Grades 5-6:
Read and discuss the article as a class. Then have students view the "Family Pride" collection in small groups. Encourage groups to examine the images and think about different ways the items shown could represent the values, connections or traditions that are important to their own families. Invite groups to share their ideas with the class. Then have students each write a brief essay explaining what makes their own families proud. Encourage them to incorporate details related to two or more items from the site or drawings they created on their own.

Grades 7-8:
Have students read the article on their own. Then have them discuss the article and view the "Family Pride" collection in small groups. As they view the collection, encourage students to discuss different ways the objects could represent the values, connections or traditions that are important to their own families. Invite groups to share their ideas with the class. Then have each student compile a collection of 10 or more pictures that illustrate what makes his or her own family proud. Students may print photos from the collection or provide photos or drawings of their own. Instruct students to write a detailed caption for each image, explaining what the item is and why it is a source of family pride.

Grades 9-10:
Have students read the article on their own. Then have them discuss the article and view the "Family Pride" collection in small groups. As they view the collection, tell groups to tap the information tab to learn more about each resource. Encourage students to identify different ways the objects depicted could represent the values, connections or traditions that are important to their own families. Then have each student select, provide or create 10 or more pictures that illustrate what makes his or her own family proud. Instruct students to write a detailed caption for each image, explaining what the item is and why it is a source of family pride. Challenge them to compile the information into a digital collection.