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Breaking Bias: Lessons from the Amistad Curriculum

Thank you for registering for the Breaking Bias: Lessons from the Amistad curriculum. Each unit works to answer essential questions and is broken into themes. Each theme provides an elementary, middle and high school lesson on that topic. Handouts for each lesson are available to download for students. The handouts are fillable PDFs and can be used virtually with students.

Before working with students, please read the background information on the theme you will teach. We also recommend reading the Creating Brave Spaces document.

Creating Brave Spaces

Unit Three – The Reconstruction Era
(Full Unit)


Scroll down to see the lessons included in each theme.

Theme One – How did the period of Reconstruction bring promise and progress for Black Americans?

From Juneteenth to Reconstruction: The Promise of Equality Lesson Plan
Grades 3-5

The Monumental Achievements of Reconstruction Lesson Plan
Grades 6-8

Reconstruction: When Freedom Broke Lesson Plan
Grades 9-12

Theme Two – How was the promise of Reconstruction broken by white supremacy and hatred?

Resisting Oppression, Claiming Freedom Lesson Plan
Grades 3-5

The Black Codes Lesson Plan
Grades 6-8

The Backlash Against Interracial Democracy Lesson Plan?
Grades 9-12

Unit One and Two Alignment of Lessons to NJ Student Learning Standards, Social Studies


Unit Three Glossary