Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Tennessee

After the end of the Civil War in 1865, African Americans began to seek opportunities in education. Excluded from previously established schools, they founded institutes now known as “Historically Black Colleges and Universities” to provide education opportunities in higher learning.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
AAH.15
Analyze the effects of Reconstruction on the legal, political, social, cultural, educational, and economic life of freedmen.
AAH.16
Assess the successes and failures of Reconstruction as they relate to African Americans.
AAH.21
Describe the development of African American institutions such as religion, education, and benevolent organizations.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.6
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.7
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.8
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of...
CLE 3001.4.1
Define and narrow a problem or research topic.
CLE 3001.4.2
Gather relevant information from a variety of print and electronic sources, as well as from direct observation, interviews, and surveys.
CLE 3001.4.3
Make distinctions about the credibility, reliability, consistency, strengths, and limitations of resources, including information gathered from websites.
CLE 3001.4.4
Write an extended research paper, using primary and secondary sources and technology and graphics, as appropriate.
CLE 3001.4.5
Use a standard format to arrange text, to cite sources correctly, and to document quotations, paraphrases, and other information.
CLE 3001.7.4
Apply and adapt the principles of written composition to create coherent media productions.
CLE 3002.4.1
Define and narrow a problem or research topic.
CLE 3002.4.2
Gather relevant information from a variety of print and electronic sources, as well as from direct observation, interviews, and surveys.
CLE 3002.4.3
Make distinctions about the credibility, reliability, consistency, strengths, and limitations of resources, including information gathered from websites.
CLE 3002.4.4
Write an extended research paper, using primary and secondary sources and technology and graphics, as appropriate.
CLE 3002.4.5
Use a standard format to arrange text, to cite sources correctly, and to document quotations, paraphrases, and other information.
SPI 3001.4.4
Evaluate the validity of Web pages as sources of information.
SPI 3001.4.6
Identify information that must be cited or attributed within a writing sample.
SPI 3002.4.4
Evaluate the validity of Web pages as sources of information.
SPI 3002.4.6
Identify information that must be cited or attributed within a writing sample.
TSS.ELA.9-10.W.PDW.6
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's...
TSS.ELA.9-10.W.RBPK.7
Conduct and write short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem by...
TSS.ELA.9-10.W.RBPK.8
Use multiple search terms to generate a variety of print and digital sources; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of...
 
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Learning objectives: 
  • Students will analyze primary source photographs from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
  • Students will synthesize multiple online sources to answer research questions. 
Essential and guiding questions: 

Why was there a need for African American colleges and universities? 

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Applying
Extension suggestions: 
  • Students can explore the Trials and Triumphs: Tennesseans Search for Citizenship, Community, and Opportunitywebsite to learn more about Tennessee’s history between the end of the American Civil War and the end of World War II.
  • Students can read more about the history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States.
  • Learn about the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Students can explore the online Library of Congress exhibition NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom to learn more about the organization and its impact.

Helpful Hints

MATERIALS AND RESOURCES:

  • Computer lab access
  • Fisk University Worksheet
  • Knoxville College Worksheet
  • LeMoyne-Owen College Worksheet
  • “The Nashville Globe” Worksheet