This Teach22 Curriculum was made to bridge the gap between the farm and the classroom. This curriculum empowers Black students with ancestral knowledge of our land as well as the historical knowledge about those who came before us. In order to cover a wide range of topics, this curriculum is organized into three different modules, which build on each other. We hope that whether students are homeschooled, taught in a classroom, or exploring from their summer camp on a farm, they are able to engage with this curriculum in meaningful ways.
Through a collaboration between OurSpace World, Inc. and 5th generation farmer Michael Carter Jr. of Africulture / Carter Farms with help from curriculum designer B.Sharise Moore and Princeton RISE fellow Taneyah Jolly, this "Africultural Connections" curriculum has been in the works since 2021. Version 1 is being launched over several months beginning in late 2023, and we look forward to feedback from everyone who puts it to use! You are also invited to join our Facebook group as we cooperatively educate the next generation of land stewards and Earth healers.
This work is/was supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
The Four P's
The four Ps are thematic categories that can provide a deeper understanding of the lesson as well as highlight recurring themes between the lesson plans. Some lessons might have all four Ps, while others might only have two or three. The four Ps refer to the principles, practices, plants and people of African descent that have shaped agriculture in the world.
Each of the three modules contains four lessons that build upon one another. Each lesson contains seven components: Warm-up, Sharing, Open Discussion, Vocabulary, Guided Practice, Activity, and Exit Ticket. The lessons and modules were designed with middle grade students in mind, but can be tiered up or down depending on the students’ learning needs.
The African Analysis section is an optional further enrichment opportunity that can function as a series of different activities, which include, but is not limited to: essay prompts, short answer questions, or discussion questions. The African Analysis sections are all broken up into two sections: critical thinking and application. The critical thinking section encourages students to examine relationships, themes, and histories that might not come through in the main lesson plan. The application section allows students to put the material of the lesson in the context of their own lives, experiences, and opinions.
There are detailed biographies for historical figures that are ingrained in some of the modules. The biographies are curated and written specifically for the lessons they are a part of. The links to the original sources for the biographies are included in the curated version or the lesson plan.
The activity bank contains all of the curriculum activities and materials needed. There are additional “cross-pollination” activities that you can choose to swap with the ones in the lesson plans. This can fill in needs around time and resources. If you don’t have the materials listed for an activity, the activity bank may have an alternative. Similarly, if you need a shorter or longer activity, you can check the activity bank for a substitute.
The song section has a list of songs that are related to the curriculum as a whole. You can choose to play these songs as your students are working independently on activities, exit tickets questions, or anything else. Another use for these songs might be to start off the lesson as students are coming into the classroom/work space or as they are doing the warm-up. The song section is completely optional, and you can use it as little or as much as you please.