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Learning About Black Visionaries
Learning About Black Visionaries
Lesson Plan
Learning About Black Visionaries
Use this lesson plan as an introductory activity to kick-off a short, project-based learning unit where students will research black visionaries and share what they learned.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Jazz Greats: Etta James
Jazz Greats: Etta James
Worksheet
Jazz Greats: Etta James
This worksheet on Etta James celebrates the legacy of this African American singer of soul and jazz.
4th grade
Fine arts
Worksheet
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: A Female Freedom Fighter
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: A Female Freedom Fighter
Worksheet
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: A Female Freedom Fighter
Use this resource to practice comparing and contrasting key points and details between two texts. Your students will complete a graphic organizer to record the important information from two historical texts on the same topic.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Biography of Wangari Maathai
Biography of Wangari Maathai
Worksheet
Biography of Wangari Maathai
Children learn about the environmental activist and women's rights advocate Wangari Maathai. Students will read a biography about the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize and answer nonfiction comprehension questions about the text.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
“I Have a Dream" Speech and "My Country ‘Tis of Thee" Song
“I Have a Dream" Speech and "My Country ‘Tis of Thee" Song
Worksheet
“I Have a Dream" Speech and "My Country ‘Tis of Thee" Song
Children are introduced to two beautiful examples of the power of words in this “I Have a Dream" Speech and "My Country ‘Tis of Thee" Song worksheet.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Finding the Main Idea: Madam C.J. Walker
Finding the Main Idea: Madam C.J. Walker
Worksheet
Finding the Main Idea: Madam C.J. Walker
Children learn about Madam C.J. Walker, the first woman to become a self-made millionaire in the United States, in this Finding the Main Idea worksheet.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Important Women in History
Important Women in History
Lesson Plan
Important Women in History
Celebrate women by learning about their achievements in history and comparing and contrasting their unique qualities. Use this lesson with your students to practice comparing and contrasting with informational texts.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
What's Inside a Pumpkin: Creating a Book
What's Inside a Pumpkin: Creating a Book
Lesson Plan
What's Inside a Pumpkin: Creating a Book
Play with pumpkins! In this lesson, students will make representations of real objects. They will get a chance to be the authors and illustrators of their own stories about pumpkins.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
The Montgomery Bus Boycott
The Montgomery Bus Boycott
Worksheet
The Montgomery Bus Boycott
In this worksheet, children read the story of Parks' act of passive resistance, then follow a series of thoughtful prompts to reflect on why the boycott was successful, as well as why it inspired the support of so many people around the United States.
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
The Star, Mae Jemison
The Star, Mae Jemison
Worksheet
The Star, Mae Jemison
Use the worksheet The Star: Mae Jemison to help learners understand the format of biographies while reading more about an important African American figure.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Langston Hughes: Historical Heroes
Langston Hughes: Historical Heroes
Worksheet
Langston Hughes: Historical Heroes
Children learn about writer and poet Langston Hughes in this Historical Heroes: Langston Hughes worksheet.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Learning About Maria Tallchief
Learning About Maria Tallchief
Lesson Plan
Learning About Maria Tallchief
This engaging lesson plan provides students with an opportunity to learn all about America's prima ballerina, Maria Tallchief.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Jazz Greats: Charlie Parker
Jazz Greats: Charlie Parker
Worksheet
Jazz Greats: Charlie Parker
Celebrate Black History Month by studying the contributions of African-American jazz legend Charlie Parker!
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Who Was Amelia Boynton Robinson?
Who Was Amelia Boynton Robinson?
Lesson Plan
Who Was Amelia Boynton Robinson?
Take your fourth and fifth graders on a deep dive into the civil rights movement with this lesson on Amelia Boynton Robinson. A key activist in the movement, Amelia played a critical role in organizing the Selma to Montgomery march. Your students will read, annotate, and analyze her biography through multiple reads, before discussing the text with their classmates.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Who Was Frederick Douglass?
Who Was Frederick Douglass?
Lesson Plan
Who Was Frederick Douglass?
Use this lesson to teach your students about the life of Frederick Douglass. First, they will read a picture book that shares facts and beautiful illustrations to teach about his life, and then they will record important information about him on a graphic organizer. Lastly, they'll choose an important event from his life to illustrate and caption.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Who is Angela Davis?
Who is Angela Davis?
Worksheet
Who is Angela Davis?
Use this reading and writing worksheet to teach first and second grade students about Angela Davis and her life as an activist, writer, and scholar.
1st grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Rosa Parks: Historical Heroes
Rosa Parks: Historical Heroes
Worksheet
Rosa Parks: Historical Heroes
Children learn about the life and legacy of civil rights activist Rosa Parks in this history worksheet.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
The Aspirations of Sonia Sotomayor
The Aspirations of Sonia Sotomayor
Worksheet
The Aspirations of Sonia Sotomayor
In this biography worksheet, children discover the challenges Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor faced in her childhood, and read about how she used those obstacles to become a good lawyer and judge.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Underground Railroad: Songs of Freedom
Underground Railroad: Songs of Freedom
Worksheet
Underground Railroad: Songs of Freedom
Children learn about three songs that inspired and gave hope to the people who fled slavery via the Underground Railroad, then answer questions about what they have learned.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Writing Opinions About Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Writing Opinions About Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Lesson Plan
Writing Opinions About Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was a 17th century writer and philosopher who today is considered one of the first documented feminists and advocates for women’s education. In this lesson, students will read two nonfiction texts about Sor Juana and discuss her life and accomplishments before writing an opinion piece about her.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Get on Board with Harriet Tubman
Get on Board with Harriet Tubman
Lesson Plan
Get on Board with Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman’s accomplishments were kept secret for a very long time before she became a well-known hero in society. Use this lesson to teach your students about Harriet Tubman’s impact on history.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
W.E.B. Du Bois
W.E.B. Du Bois
Worksheet
W.E.B. Du Bois
Introduce second and third graders to W.E.B. Du Bois, writer, sociologist, and civil rights advocate, with this nonfiction comprehension worksheet.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Historical Heroes: Maya Angelou
Historical Heroes: Maya Angelou
Worksheet
Historical Heroes: Maya Angelou
Children are introduced to author, activist, and poet Maya Angelou in this historial heroes worksheet.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Who Was Alvin Ailey?
Who Was Alvin Ailey?
Lesson Plan
Who Was Alvin Ailey?
In this lesson, students will use an informational text passage to ask and answer questions. Using biographies, your students will learn about two famous figures in history.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Researching Black Inventors
Researching Black Inventors
Lesson Plan
Researching Black Inventors
Inventors and their novel inventions are always a thrilling topic! In the lesson Researching Black Inventors, first graders and second graders are encouraged to research the rich history of African American inventors. This engaging lesson plan provides students with an opportunity to learn all about inventors they find interesting and the impact those inventors have on the world. Perfect for Black History Month, this learning activity highlights informational writing skills and helps build students' vocabulary.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan