ONLINE UNIT OF STUDY
This unit includes consolidated online resources and recommended learning activities. Units are divided into three learning levels and are designed to be used by parents and students as a guide in their homeschooling program. Printable materials and time-tracking tools are included with your purchase.
Upon completing this unit, students will demonstrate understanding of the following:
- Written words have power, and different styles of literature serve many purposes.
- In the African American literature presented in this unit, poetry is used to elicit emotions, autobiographies and narratives are used to share personal stories, and fiction captures the culture of different eras in Black history.
- Certain literary elements are part of every story, and they include plot, setting, narrator, characters (protagonist and antagonist), characterization, conflict, theme, mood, and tone.
- Certain literary devices, such as simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, irony, symbolism, foreshadowing, and others, can be used by authors to create imagery, engage their audiences, and add artistry to their communication.
- African American literature is an important type of literature that has evolved during specific periods of American history, within specific cultural contexts. Distinct periods of African-American literature include the literature of early America (1746 – 1865), the Harlem Renaissance (1900 to 1940), and the contemporary period (mid 1900s to present).
- In each era, African American literature was designed to have a specific political, social, and/or cultural impact.
- Specific themes related to struggle, oppression, identity, freedom, protest, pride, and power are commonly found within African American literature.
Through our Homeschool Solutions online learning program, we aim to offer an educational resource that can truly benefit the homeschooling community. The curriculum content is made up of reliable online resources, compiled by expert educators. These resources support the learning goals for each unit of study. Unit goals are created by considering the essential content students need to thrive as well-educated, culturally-literate adults in today’s society.
In addition to the essential, foundational knowledge presented in this unit about African American literature, we strive to support the development of key character traits and critical thinking skills that lead to lifelong success. All learning activities in this unit about African American literature are designed with these goals in mind. Our activities encourage and support traits such as self-awareness, empathy, and creativity. They also heavily emphasize the development of key critical thinking skills including goal setting, problem solving, forming and communicating opinions, and considering the perspectives of others.