Lesson Plan

Black Revolutionaries: Malcolm X

This lesson teaches kids all about Malcolm X and how his childhood influenced him to become one of America's most well known, controversial, and revolutionary figures. First kids will listen to a read-aloud authored by Malcolm X's daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, and then they will write an informative paragraph.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify the main topic of a text.
  • Students will be able to write informative texts to examine a topic.


(8 minutes)
Comprehension ChartI Notice, I Wonder, I Learned
  • Gather the students together in a circle.
  • Write "Malcolm X" on the whiteboard and show students a picture of Malcolm X.
  • Ask students to turn and talk to discuss if they have ever read about or heard about this person before.
  • Allow students to share out their ideas as a whole group.
  • Explain to the students that they will watch a short video to learn a little more about Malcolm X's life before reading a book about his childhood.
  • Pass out the I Notice, I Wonder, I Learned worksheet to each student. Explain to the students that they will fill out the worksheet as they watch the video about Malcolm X.
  • Play the Malcolm X Biography: Black History Month video. Rotate around the room and support students in filling out the worksheet as needed.
  • Provide time for students to share what they noticed, wondered, and learned from watching the video.