Buffalo Soldiers Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the Buffalo Soldiers. Students will read an informational text defining who they were, their history and legacy, and apply the information in interactive ways to make learning stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define Buffalo Soldiers
  • explain the history of the Buffalo Soldiers, including their role in war and peacetime
  • discuss the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers

Length

2 hours

Materials

  • Copies of the lesson Buffalo Soldiers: History & Facts, one for each student
  • Song Buffalo Soldiers by Bob Marley
  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Four shoe boxes
  • Markers
  • Arts and crafts supplies as needed for project

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

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