Explain to students that they will be researching an aspect of life for African Americans in the contemporary United States. Topics may include Population, Education, Families and Children, Income, Poverty, Health Insurance, Incarceration, etc…
Divide students into groups of 3-4 and assign each group a topic. Provide students access to research current statistics regarding the African American population in the United States. Here are a few websites to help students focus their research:
If possible, have students gather current data (2014), as well as data from previous years, such as 2005, 1990, 1975, 1964 and 1955. After students have gathered enough information to notice a trend in the data, have them create an infographic.
Print out each infographic as a poster using the Perfecta. Display the posters around the room and have students complete a gallery walk. As students explore the infographics for each topic have them look specifically for trends in the data. Each student should answer the following questions:
What trends do you notice?
What conclusions can you draw based on the trends of the data?
Have students use this information to wrap up with a discussion about whether race-based discrimination still exists in the United States. As an assessment, students could write a paragraph answering the following question: Is race-based discrimination still an issue in the United States? Support your argument using information from three infographics.