Every February during Black History Month, fourth-grade students explore the Harlem Renaissance and the music, art, and literature that resulted in the 1920s and 30s.
As a language arts element, students select a key figure from the movement, such as Langston Hughes, Louis Armstrong, Josephine Baker, and Aaron Douglas, to research and publish a biography on. By the end of the project, students are able to synthesize their notes into a fully published story that includes a cover page, chapters, and even pictures with captions. Take a look at their work (pictured). Excellent job, Grade 4 authors!
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.