About Us

Multicultural. Dedicated. Passionate.

Those are just a few words which describe Harlem Roots. The educational arm of Welcome to Harlem, our tour company.

Dedicated to multicultural awareness and outstanding cultural curriculum, Harlem Roots is here to provide closed reading lessons and educational tours about the history and importance of Harlem, from a small Dutch village to the cultural significance of the Harlem Renaissance to African American history throughout the decades.

What Harlem Roots Does

Harlem Roots believes that there’s so much to learn about Harlem and that people in the area should be proud to devour this history and make it their own!

As such, we offer reading comprehension lessons that focus on non-fiction Harlem themes, ranging from people, places, and events to history dating from 1658 to the present day.

These lessons use informational text to cover the subjects of social studies, history including U.S. history and world history, non-fiction, and math, and cater to grade levels 3-12. They can also be used for home schooling, higher education, and adult education classes.

To ensure we’re catering to all students, we divide our lessons into three primary levels:

  • Level One (125 – 150 words) - 3rd, 4th and 5th grades
  • Level Two (350 – 375 words) - 6th, 7th and 8th grades
  • Level Three (500 – 525 words) - 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades

The Components of Harlem Roots Lesson Plans

Harlem Roots strives to offer expansive and comprehensive lessons for our students, therefore each of the lesson plans we offer consists of the following topics:

  • Fun Facts/Interesting Facts
  • Infographic
  • Puzzle
  • Questions (critical thinking, short answers, multiple choice, true or false, fill in the blanks, and opinion, and more)
  • Reading comprehension passage(s)
  • Vocabulary

The Mission of Harlem Roots: Common Core Cultural Curriculum for Everyone

At Harlem Roots, we believe deeply in making high quality Harlem history education accessible to everyone. All our lessons will be available for sale to the public. You will have the option of downloading a lesson(s) from our website or have a color printout shipped to you.  Please note that schools and other organizations who want to use the lessons will need to purchase a license.  

Beyond our lessons, we will also be offer tours and other activities available for purchase. All of our lessons are versatile enough for classroom use, either in guided reading groups or for independent reading, or for teaching at centers. They’re also well-suited as supplements to other lessons, as morning work, as homework, or anything a teacher could imagine.

All of the lessons meet Common Core standards for all grades mentioned above.  Harlem Roots is the perfect place to learn about Harlem and it provides  educational tours and in-depth lesson plans you need to bring the history and vibrancy of Harlem to life.