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Black American History

Written and reviewed by Black scholars and experts, Movement, examines the cultural, social, political, and economic contributions, stories, and movements of Black Americans. Offered as both a five-volume series and a beautiful, hardback textbook, Movement highlights the obstacles, triumphs, and cultural contributions of Black Americans who have shaped US history. 

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Resistance and Resilience

Movement examines cultural, social, political, and economic movements of Black people in the United States. Students will learn about the varied, poignant, and inspirational ways Black people have shaped our history and heritage. 

The Word "Movement" Suggests Flow, Rhythm, Power, and Beauty

A movement can be a stirring piece of music or an emotional inspiration. It can travel across oceans or trek with a family to a new town. With movement, buildings can topple as the earth shifts, or there can be a silent inward journey of personal transformation. 

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What's Inside Movement?

Each volume of Movement examines an Essential Question through the lenses of history, economics, civics, geography, and culture. The curriculum features in both the Student Edition and Teacher Materials emphasize skills used to understand and interpret the diverse perspectives, events, and contributions of Black Americans that have shaped the United States. Each unit celebrates Black artists, writers, and leaders, explores injustice and progress, and scaffolds historical thinking skills.

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Formative, Summative, & Self-assessment

Many articles within each issue include a Check Point, a formative assessment for students to check their understanding of the content. The assessments include reading comprehension questions as well as critical thinking questions that are scaffolded to the Level Up! assessment. The Level Up! is a multi-part summative and self-assessment to check student understanding of the concepts and skills students have studied.
Inquiry-based learning

Inquiry-based Learning

Provides a historical throughline connecting related events and developments within themes while still supporting chronological teaching, if desired.

Cross-curricular & Interdisciplinary Learning

Supports collaboration between ELA and social studies while integrating topics from other subject areas, such as science and art.

Standards-based, thematic Instruction

Aligns to the CCSS ELA standards and C3 framework for social studies skills, along with addressing many state social studies content standards for US history and government.

Project-Based & Kinesthetic Learning

Both the Student Edition and the Teacher Materials feature many activities that promote project-based and kinesthetic learning. These activities offer students an opportunity to explore the world of literacy and social studies in a hands-on way while developing their skills in problem-solving and empowering them to make decisions about the content they have learned. Through these activities, students build upon the research and facts they have learned and gain a deeper understanding of content beyond memorization.


Each volume highlights different genres of writing including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, drama, and more. Students will study authors who were shaped by the historical events they participated in and whose works offer unique perspectives and accounts of those times. The Issue explores different literary movements in American history like Transcendentalism, the Harlem Renaissance, Romanticism, the Modernist movement, and the Contemporary period. Through their studies, students will be exposed to diverse authors and the voices of Indigenous, Black, and LGBTQIA+ people, and more.
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Unit I: Over Oceans, Through Centuries

Investigate the effects of people of African descent moving (both involuntarily and voluntarily) to and through North America. Features include:

• Black Americans and the West—from Black Cowboys to Buffalo Soldiers

• Reverse Migration—a modern return to the South

• Literary Luminaries—poets include Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Amanda Gorman

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Unit 2: Obstacles and Opportunities

Analyze how Black Americans have shaped and been shaped by economic policy and opportunity. Articles include:

• Black Inventors—with the likes of Sarah Goode, Alice Ball, and Patricia Bath

• Into the Archives—the Black Panther Party, “To Feed Our Children,”

• Black Songwriters—including Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Tupac Shakur, Alicia Keys

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Unit 3: Struggle for Equality

Examine the legacy of slavery and how it influenced the inequalities that Black Americans faced in the past and present day.

• The Myth of Race—race as a social construct and its impacts

• Inequality in the Criminal Justice System—the 13th amendment and convict leasing, racial profiling, and the impacts of crime and drug policies

• Art Analysis—Gordon Parks’ social justice photography

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Unit 4: Forging a Path

Delve into the stories of Black leaders who paved the way toward a more just and equitable society in the United States.

• The Niagara Movement—Black activists in the Progressive Era

• Political Leadership—Hiram Revels, Shirley Chisholm, L. Douglas Wilder, Condoleezza Rice, Barack Obama, Kamala Harris

• Black Americans in War—from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan

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Unit 5: Express Yourself

Explore the many ways that Black Americans have shaped our art, music, culture, and identity.

• The Black Church—from Great Awakenings through the Civil Rights Movement

• Hip-Hop Music—the evolution of styles, East Coast v. West Coast, rap music, expansion into a global phenomenon

• Black Media—from Soul Train, BET, Oprah through Jordan Peele

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Movement Textbook Edition

Movement endorses the AP African American Studies curriculum with an interdisciplinary study of Black Americans' contributions and experiences across various fields. It traces the historical journey from African ancestry to modern achievements, delving into how geography, economy, politics, literature, and art influence Black culture. Movement offers a comprehensive and engaging resource for AP African American Studies.

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A complete interdisciplinary exploration of the historical and cultural impact of Black Americans from ancient Africa to modern times.

5-Volume Collection

Purchase the entire collection at once with our five-volume set of Movement, now available as a convenient bundle.

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Join your students and explore the struggles and strengths of Black Americans who overcame formidable obstacles on their paths to freedom and equality.