1st Edition

Global Black Narratives for the Classroom: Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean Practical Lesson Plans, Worksheets and Activities for Ages 7-11

By BLAM UK Copyright 2024
    532 Pages 152 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    532 Pages 152 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Rather than reserving the teaching of Black history to Black history month, Black narratives deserve to be seen and integrated into every aspect of the school curriculum. A unique yet practical resource, Global Black Narratives for the Classroom addresses this issue by providing primary teachers with a global outline of Black history, culture and life within the framework of the UK’s National Curriculum.

    Each topic explored in this essential book provides teachers and teaching assistants with historical, geographic and cultural context to build confidence when planning and teaching. Full lesson plans and printable worksheets are incorporated into each topic, alongside tips to build future lessons in line with the themes explored.

    Volume II of this book explores the following parts:

    • Part 1 guides teachers through planning and delivering lessons focused on Africa. Pupils will benefit from developing a diverse and accurate understanding of the changing nature of Africa throughout history, linking the continent’s social history with its geographical features.
    • Part 2 ‘The Caribbean’, builds upon the lesson plans of Part 1 to further highlight the interconnectedness of diaspora cultures in influencing the musical, visual and religious practices of the Caribbean and Central America.
    • Part 3 begins by addressing the incorrect assumption that the history of Black people in the Americas begins and ends with plantation slavery. Instead, this section proposes a range of in-depth lesson plans on the diverse histories, cultures and experiences of Black people within the United States.

    Created by BLAM UK, this highly informative yet practical resource is an essential read for any teacher, teaching assistant or senior leader who wishes to diversify their curriculum and address issues of Black representation within their school. It is published in two practical and comprehensive volumes. Volume 1 covers Britain and Europe, whilst Volume 2 includes Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean. Each volume can be used individually for teaching but when used together they provide a truly global perspective on black history and culture.

    Part One - Africa;  1. The Cowrie System;  2. Larabanga Mosque;  3. Women Warriors in Africa;  4. Okavango Delta;  5. The Congo Rainforest;  6. Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls);  7. South African Beading Culture;  8. King Mansa Musa and the History of Mali;  9. Surame Cultural Landscape;  10. The Ancient Kano City Walls;  11. Fela Kuti’s Life and Legacy;  12. Gumbe Music in Sierra Leone;  13. Ancient African Written Languages;  14. Pan-Africanism;  15. Sultanates of Somalia;  16. African Contemporary Art;  17. Luo community and Art in East Africa;  18. We Go Chop! West African Snacks;  19. Black Foods in Africa and the African Diaspora;  20. Herbs and African Traditional Medicine; Part Two - The Caribbean;  1. African Masquerades and their link to Carnivals in the diaspora;  2. The History of Drumming in Trinidad;  3. Creole Religions of the Caribbean;  4. Caribbean Poetry;  5. Grenadian Art During 1979-1983;  6. Maroon Music in Cuba;  7. Funeral Traditions in the Diaspora;  8. From The Continent to Cuba: Afro-Cuban Jazz;  9. The Haitian Revolution;  10. Afro Cuban Art;  Part Three - Black people in the Americas;  1. Afro-Colombians;  2. Afro-Brazilians;  3. Afro-Mexicans;  4. Mapping, migration and movement: Black settlements in the USA;  5. The Gullah People;  6. Now you see me, Now you Don't: The Beauty and Pain in Black Cultural Expression;  7. Talking Black: The Literature and Linguistic Discoveries of African Language;  8. An African archive: Griot Storytelling;  9. Oral History;  10. Breakfast and Bailouts: The Black Panthers;  11. Homecoming: The Year of Return;  12. Black Cowboys;  13. Soul Food


    BLAM UK (Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health) is an education, advocacy and well-being non-profit, founded by Ife Thompson, who is a community organiser, writer, UN fellow, Lawyer and an external Black History Moderator for schools across London. She has been teaching children and young people global Black history within school settings and the wider community since 2016. The BLAM UK team has worked with schools, youth centres, students, teachers and teacher training providers across the UK. BLAM teaches global Black history focusing on the collective Black experience from  Pan-African, decolonial and Racial -Wellness perspectives.

    “A fantastic, informative and eclectic collection of Global Black Narratives which will enrich the minds and cultural experiences of students and teachers alike. Extremely well researched with engaging resources from teaching, historical and lived experience experts. A must have for schools who are serious about teaching and affirming the heritage and history of all their students and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion."


    Patricia Lamour MBE, Aspire Education Group


    “An exceptional wealth of relevant historical knowledge that all children should have access to. This book is an excellent resource and provides a great building block for educators to use as part of developing an inclusive and relevant curriculum.”


    Nadine Bernard, Youngest Black Headteacher in the UK, Van Gogh Primary School Headteacher and Founder of Aspiring Heads



    “This is a groundbreaking approach to a history that has been ignored and misrepresented.  It is original in its approach and comprehensive in its scope. Both Teacher and student will be enlightened and enriched by its content. Outstanding and Essential.”


    Leila Hassan Howe, Founding Member of the Race Today Collective, Darcus Howe Legacy, Black-British Activist