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The Standing on the Shoulders of Giants "Teach & Learn" Black History Curriculum​​

Specially designed for Parents, Teachers, Homeschool, or Independent Study, grades 5+

Where Black
History Lives!​

Unit 1: Ancient Africa - The Cradle of Civilation
(200,000 BC - 476 BC)

Unit 1: Class 2: Unit 1: Class 2: Out of Africa – The Origins of Humanity Part 2


Learning Objectives
  • Analyze the prevailing scientific theories on the origins of human beings.

  • Describe the reasons the first humans (homo sapiens) migrated out of Africa. 

  • Discuss the contributions to civilization made by the first humans in Africa.

  • Chart the path of human migration out of Africa and discuss its impact on human variation (i.e. skin/eye color, height, hair texture, etc.).

Study Questions!

From Documentary: Journey of Man - The Story of the Human Species Part 2 

1. Who were the Cro Magnon people?
2. How did changes in climate affect human beings after they left the hot/tropical climate of Africa and moved to colder climates?
3. In your opinion, does climate affect personality development? Does climate affect one’s mood?
4. In your opinion, does scarcity of resources affect human development and behavior? If yes, how so?
5. In your opinion, does abundance of resources affect human development and behavior? If yes, how so?
From The pros and cons of dating a Neanderthal 
6. A. What “race(s)” or group of people are said to have interbred with Neanderthals? B. What are some of the pros and cons of Neanderthal DNA?
7. True or False? Africans interbred with Neanderthals in Africa and current African populations have Neanderthal DNA.
8. How does the documentary and new articles on Neanderthals contrast from what you previously taught about Neanderthals?
From New dates rewrite Neanderthal story
9. How does the new data outlined in this article contradict the claim of the previous article?
From Neanderthals, Humans Interbred—First Solid DNA Evidence
Discuss:     Read the comments left by readers of the articles. The racist and counter-racist comments dominate the conversation. The idea of racial superiority is ingrained in the minds of many; It is an idea, not a fact. When you claim to be superior, and base the legitimacy of your rule on the assumption that you are superior, you must attack any scientific and empirical evidence that may suggest otherwise. You also incite other “races” or groups to claim that they are superior, which compounds the problem. There is no “race” or group of people on earth who has a monopoly on intelligence.  We may have different appearances, temperaments and talents based on geography, genetics and culture, but all human beings are fundamentally equal in mental capacity across “racial” and ethnic groups.
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Unit 1: Class 2: Unit 1: Class 2: Out of Africa – The Origins of Humanity Part 2

Suggested Vocabulary
Randomly ask students the definition of one of the following words. Then ask them to put the word in a sentence. This is a great exercise for the beginning or end of a class, or if you finish a class early.

taxonomic - concerned with the classification of things, especially organisms.

encroachment - intrusion on a person's territory, rights, etc.

ingrained - having the most appeal or influence; prevalent.

empirical - the branch of science that deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole. 

anthropology - the study of human biological and physiological characteristics and their evolution.

manipulate - control or influence (a person or situation) cleverly, unfairly, or unscrupulously.

interbred - (with reference to an animal) breed or cause to breed with another of a different race or species. ex. "wolves and dogs can interbreed."

Neanderthal - an extinct species of human that was widely distributed in ice-age Europe between c. 120,000–35,000 years ago, with a receding forehead and prominent brow ridges. The Neanderthals were associated with the Mousterian flint industry of the Middle Paleolithic.

incite - encourage or stir up (violent or unlawful behavior).

Grading Scale

10 questions. Each question is worth
10 points

1 incorrect, grade 90 - A

2 incorrect, grade 80 - B

3 incorrect, grade 70 - C

4 incorrect, grade 60 - D​

5 incorrect, grade :(​