Central Question: How did Black Founders (re)define democracy and Black identity in early America?

“Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor-Inventor-Astronomer” mural. From the Library of Congress.

Pilot Investigation: Black Founders

The Black Founders investigation highlights different examples of individual and collective action, and different notions of freedom and democracy in the colonial and Revolutionary time period. This investigation focuses on the compelling question: How did Black Founders (re)define democracy and Black identity in early America? Students will use the Read.Inquire.Write. process and tools to write an argument to textbook editors about expanding their textbook sections on America’s founders.

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Accommodated Materials

Standards Alignment

Standards Alignment – CCSS & C3

Common Core Logo

Literacy in History/Social Studies
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1, 6-8.2, 6-8.6, 6-8.9
ELA Reading: Information Text
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6, 8.8, 8.9
ELA Writing
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1 A-E, 8.4, 8.5, 8.7, 8.8, 8.9, 8.10
ELA Speaking & Listening
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1 A-D, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.6

C3 Framework Logo

Dimension 1: D1.2.6-8, D1.3.6-8, D1.5.6-8
Dimension 2: D2.Civ.2.6-8, D2.Civ.6.6-8, D2.Civ.8.6-8, D2.Civ.9.6-8, D2.Civ.14.6-8, D2.His.1.6-8, D2.His.3.6-8-4.6-8, D2.His.9.6-8-10.6-8, D2.His.13.6-8, D2.His.16.6-8-17.6-8
Dimension 3: D3.1.6-8-4.6-8.
Dimension 4: D4.1.6-8-6.6-8, D4.8.6-8

Standards Alignment

Common Core Logo

Literacy in History/Social Studies
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1, 6-8.2, 6-8.6, 6-8.9


ELA Reading: Information Text
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6, 8.8, 8.9


ELA Writing
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1 A-E, 8.4, 8.5, 8.7, 8.8, 8.9, 8.10


ELA Speaking & Listening
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1 A-D, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.6

C3 Framework Logo

Dimension 1: D1.2.6-8, D1.3.6-8, D1.5.6-8


Dimension 2: D2.Civ.2.6-8, D2.Civ.6.6-8, D2.Civ.8.6-8, D2.Civ.9.6-8, D2.Civ.14.6-8, D2.His.1.6-8, D2.His.3.6-8-4.6-8, D2.His.9.6-8-10.6-8, D2.His.13.6-8, D2.His.16.6-8-17.6-8


Dimension 3: D3.1.6-8-4.6-8.


Dimension 4: D4.1.6-8-6.6-8, D4.8.6-

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