Amanda Skofstad | September 18, 2020
Ernest Morrell, professor of Africana studies and English, the Coyle Professor in Literacy Education and director of the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame, collaborated with fellow subject experts to create the first capstone course on the African diaspora for AP Seminar high school teachers and students. The curricular content — which includes interactive maps, databases, lesson plans and other resources — is now available to educators on Athena.
AP Seminar is an interdisciplinary course aimed at teaching critical thinking and research skills, and its format and flexibility lend themselves to introducing complex topics like the African diaspora. College Board piloted the content for the course during the 2019-20 academic year with 10 teachers, and, as a member of the AP Seminar Development Committee, Morrell and fellow researchers worked with teachers to facilitate student conversations and refine materials.
The course offers teachers and students tools to explore themes such as:
What is the definition, meaning and importance of the African diaspora?
What initiated the forced dispersal of Africans outside of Africa?
Which events/nations/regions were involved in the slave trade?
Across the diaspora, whose stories get told, and who decides?
Resistance, rebellion and resilience
Cultural connections through the arts
Read more here.