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Freedom's Fortress: "Explain"

tour guide at Fort Monroe

VPM Classroom  |  Freedom's Fortress

Episode 3: How does 1619 help us connect the past with the present? Students will learn about the annual commemoration that recognizes the arrival of the first Africans at Fort Monroe in 1619 through video clips and images. Students will create their own one-pager, a digital canvas similar to word art, that illustrates the connections they make as they learn about the events of 16 19 at Fort Monroe, Virginia.  Developed for students in grades 4-7.

Produced and directed by Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren of Field Studio, featuring Annie Evans, Director of Education and Outreach at New American History.

Virginia Standards of Learning:

  • VS.1 c, d, g
  • VS.3 d, e

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