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Compare and Contrast W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver

In this lesson, ask students to compare and contrast two important African-American historical figures. Students will write an informational paragraph on the similarities and differences between W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to write an informational paragraph, comparing and contrasting W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver.


(5 minutes)
Character ComparisonW.E.B. Du BoisHistorical Heroes: George Washington CarverHistorical Heroes: Maya AngelouMartin Luther King, Jr: Historical Heroes
  • Ask students: What makes a person worthy of being written about in a history book? What character traits or achievements are important to being considered a hero?
  • Record students' answers on chart paper and leave the paper up for the remainder of the lesson.
  • Tell students that today they will learn about two key African-American historical heroes.
  • Inform them that they will read about, compare, and contrast W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver.
  • Tell students that no two heroes are the same, but they often share certain characteristics.

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