ERIC Number: ED431674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Iron Hill School: An African-American One-Room School. Teaching with Historic Places.
Wojcik, Susan Brizzolara
Students explore concepts of Progressive Era education and learn how the philanthropic efforts of Pierre Samuel du Pont helped transform Delaware's education system for African American school children. It is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file "Iron Hill School Number 112C," interviews with former pupils, and other source materials. This lesson can be used in teaching units on the Progressive Era, or on the themes of segregation, education, and the evolution of civil rights for African Americans in the first part of the 20th century. Objectives for students are: (1) to consider the impact segregation had on the quality of education available to African Americans; (2) to explain education concepts of the Progressive Era that were incorporated into African-American schools in Delaware; (3) to examine the motives and results of Pierre Samuel du Pont's philanthropic efforts on behalf of Delaware's African-American school children; and (4) to discover the history of their own school. Materials available for student use are a map of Delaware, three readings about du Pont's contribution and Progressive Era school architecture, three photos of Iron Hill School and an African-American school in Louisiana, a floor plan of the Iron Hill School, and a 1919 advertisement for school equipment. The lesson is divided into the following teaching activity sections: (1) "Setting the Stage: Maps"; (2) "Determining the Facts: Readings"; (3) "Visual Evidence: Images"; and (3) "Putting It All Together: Activities." (BT)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Register of Historic Places, Washington, DC. Interagency Resources Div.
Identifiers - Location: Delaware