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

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

U.S. History Investigation 2

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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Note: The Spanish investigations are from earlier work and do not match other versions of this investigation at this time.


Standards Alignment

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Literacy in History/Social Studies

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1, 6-8.2, 6-8.6, 6-8.9

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, ELA Reading: Information Text CCSS.ELALITERACY.RI.8., 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6, 8.8, 8.9, ELA Writing

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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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