Juneteenth is not just a holiday--it is knowledge, and making the effort to teach about Juneteenth helps everyone, from students to teachers

3 ways to teach about Juneteenth all year long

Juneteenth is more than a holiday--it is knowledge, and making the effort to learn more about it benefits everyone

Discussing Juneteenth in tandem with other freedom holidays, like July Fourth, is another way to expand it beyond a single day.

2: Use a variety of resources to teach about Juneteenth

When including Juneteenth in class, teachers should rely on credible–yet diverse–resources. Many content providers are expanding their resources to help educators teach the topic in the classroom.

Here are some other Juneteenth resources to consider:

Here are a few of the many ways Juneteenth can be studied in the classroom:

  • Students can learn how Juneteenth is celebrated across the United States.
  • Students can read about the people at the center of Juneteenth and those who paved the way to make it a national holiday, including General Gordon Granger, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, and activist Opal Lee.
  • Students can contextualize the primary source document “Emancipation Proclamation.”  

3: Expand beyond history class

While Juneteenth is a natural fit for discussion in history and social studies, the holiday can also be discussed in other classes. Connecting student learning across subjects is not a new idea in education–teachers can teach about Juneteenth and carry it over to other classes in a variety of ways.

For example, teachers can have their students read and analyze books that give historical narratives around Juneteenth, such as Juneteenthby Ralph Ellison. Students can also learn about Juneteenth through music, art, and food.

I’m confident that educators will find unique ways to celebrate their students and look forward to seeing how they elevate Juneteenth in the 2021-22 school year and beyond.

Everyone can benefit from learning about Juneteenth

Establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday is an opportunity for educators to proactively weave it throughout instruction. Juneteenth is more than a holiday, it is knowledge. When we make the effort to learn more about one another, everyone benefits.

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