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  • Charles R. Drew: Athlete, Surgeon, Innovator, Mentor!

    grade level: 7–8 | subject - history and social studies

    Charles Drew with the rest of the Dunbar High basketball team-- four are kneeling in a front row with a basketball on the ground, and five stands on the back row where Drew is on the left. ca. 1921

    Charles R. Drew: Athlete, Surgeon, Innovator, Mentor! offers experiential learning activities using primary and secondary sources about Charles R. Drew, an African American surgeon. Students first learn about primary and secondary sources, and then identify these types of sources using biographical narratives, visuals, and documents from The Charles R. Drew Papers website.

  • Charles R. Drew Through Digital Primary and Secondary Sources

    grade level 9–10 | subject - history and social studies

    Black-and-white photograph of Charles Drew standing by a patient's bed and teaching twenty or so interns and residents during rounds at Freedmen’s Hospital, ca. 1947.

    Charles R. Drew Through Digital Primary and Secondary Sources engages students in examining primary and secondary sources on the Profiles in Science: The Charles R. Drew Papers website. Students learn about Dr. Drew through the site, and then create a visual timeline for different stages of his life. They also place Dr. Drew's life in the historical context of the early to mid-twentieth century in the United States.

  • Reading and Understanding Charles R. Drew

    grade level 11–college/university | subject - history and social studies

    Charles Drew with his wife Lenore and their three daughters at the piano, ca. 1947

    Reading and Understanding Charles R. Drew introduces students to the Profiles in Science: The Charles R. Drew Papers website, where selected primary and secondary sources about Dr. Drew are available online. Students explore the website to review what primary and secondary sources are; write précis of two speeches—one by Dr. Drew and the other by his wife, Lenore Drew; and produce a comparison essay about the two speeches.