Lesson Plan

Learning About W.E.B. Du Bois

This lesson plan teaches kids about W.E.B. Du Bois through video and a short informational text. Students will compare/contrast their findings and create a poster in small groups showing what they learned.
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Second and third graders are introduced to the writer, sociologist, and civil rights advocate W.E.B. Du Bois with this engaging lesson plan. In Learning About W.E.B. Du Bois, children will watch a video and read a piece of informational writing about this important change-maker, explore the word meaning of important terms such as "discrimination" and "equal rights," and work in groups to create informational posters using what they've learned from the video, text, and additional research.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to compare the most important points presented by two different sources (e.g., video and text).
  • Students will be able to participate in shared research and writing projects.


(5 minutes)
Composition Book Note-TakingA-Z African American Visionaries Poster
  • Gather the students together in a comfortable area.
  • Explain to the students that today they are going to learn about a very famous black American named W.E.B. Du Bois.
  • Display the picture of W.E.B. Du Bois and ask students to turn and talk to a partner, explaining if they have ever heard about or seen a picture of this famous person before.
  • Allow a few students to share out their ideas.