Teachers Notes

Grade Level/ Unit

Kindergarten: Living and Working Now and Long Ago

H/SS Standard K.6 Students understand that history relates to events, people, and places of other times in terms of the triumphs of American legends and historical accounts through the stories of such people as Pocahontas, George Washington, Booker T. Washington, Daniel Boone, and Benjamin Franklin.

Language Arts Standards: Kindergarten:

2.1 Locate title, table of contents, name of author, and illustrator.

2.2 Use pictures and context to make predictions about story content.

2.3 Connect to life experiences the information and events in texts

1.1 Use letters and phonetically spelled words to write about experiences, stories, people, objects, or events

Grade One: A Child's Place in Time and Space

H/SS Standard 1.4 Students compare and contrast everyday life in different times and places around the world and recognize that some aspects of people, places, and things change over time and others stay the same, in terms of the structure of schools and communities in the past.

Language Arts Standards: Grade One 1.2 Students write compositions that describe and explain familiar objects, events, and experiences.


Students will need pencils, crayons, and paper to write and illustrate their stories.


You may want to introduce the following terms to students before beginning this lesson:

In addition, you may want to precede the online museum and storybook with an explanation of what life was like for African Americans during and after the Civil War.

Teacher Internet Resources:

The following Internet resources will provide teachers with background information on Booker T. Washington:

The Internet Wiretap Electronic Edition of Up from Slavery: An Autobiography by Booker T. Washington:

Booker T. Washington
"Stamp on Black History": Booker T. Washington
Tuskegee Institute