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W.C. Handy 

Father of the Blues

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4th Grade Student - Janice


Walnut Park Elementary

Gadsden City Schools


This is a podcast created by a student for her assignment on researching a Famous Black Alabamian during the month of February. She chose to research and report on W.C. Handy. She used her research findings and compiled the important information about Handy into a podcast. Her goal was to educate others about this famous Black Alabamian and his achievements.

Length: 2:34

Content Areas: Social Studies

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

TC2 (3-5)
12. Create a product using digital tools.
Examples: products—digital story, podcast, digital artwork
ELA2015 (4)
29. Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources. [W.4.8]
SS2010 (4) Alabama Studies
10. Analyze social and educational changes during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries for their impact on Alabama.
Examples: social—implementation of the Plessey versus Ferguson "separate but not equal" court decision, birth of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
educational—establishment of normal schools and land-grant colleges such as Huntsville Normal School (Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical [A&M] University), Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama (Auburn University), Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (Tuskegee University), Lincoln Normal School (Alabama State University)
  • Explaining the development and changing role of industry, trade, and agriculture in Alabama during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including the rise of Populism
  • Explaining the Jim Crow laws
  • Identifying Alabamians who made contributions in the fields of science, education, the arts, politics, and business during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries


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