February is Black History Month. Like many teachers, I have little time in my day to fit in anything that doesn't align with the required curriculum. But there is so much rich history to be learned by studying important African-American figures! Since social studies has fallen victim to a focus on ELA and math, I'm planning to integrate Black History Month into my language arts block. If you look at the Common Core Standards, you'll see that many of the "Speaking and Listening" standards provide a perfect opportunity to read, learn, and talk about Black history.