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Colonial Schoolhouse Educated Black Children

Historians have discovered that a small building in Williamsburg, Virginia, was once the Williamsburg Bray School, a school for Black children in colonial times. In this audio story, a graduate student who acts as a colonial character for visitors to Colonial Williamsburg, the city’s historic district, discusses the schoolhouse’s discovery and purpose. Listen to hear about what makes the Williamsburg Bray School unique, and learn about its impact on the community it served.


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Story Length: 4:04

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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