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Based on Alex Haley's moving essay "My Furthest Back Person: The African," these 11 questions support comprehension and prepare readers for discussion of the text. Use this tool, and the essay, as a nonfiction addition to units on slavery, African-American studies, autobiography, or family trees. Your class could conduct genealogical research and report about it using the essay for inspiration.
Help your class see the connection between events in Alex Haley's story "My Furthest-Back Person" with this awesome graphic organizer. Individuals write a brief description of 10 major plot events in a series of boxes. The first and last plot points are provided and should ultimately be connected through the events filled into the other boxes. The layout of this instructional activity, as well as the activity itself is well-designed to show how one event causes another in fictional story.
Students read The Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa. They view video from Roots by Alex Haley on the capture of Kunta Kinte and reenact household slavery as practiced by the Igbo people. The make a list of major differences between slavery in Africa and slavery in the New World.
What a great way to incorporate current social trends and a historical research project. The class completes to win the title of "American History Idol." They each choose a historical figure from a list of 100, research, evaluate informational text resources, and create a skit they will perform for the class. Each skit will be voted on and the winner receives an "American Historical Idol" t-shirt. Sounds like a blast.
Tenth graders explore the self through a study of autobiographies. By writing daily in their journals, they improve their writing skills and write reflection pieces at the end of the year. Through a series of writing assignments, 10th graders explore various cultures and describe their personal reactions to the scenarios.
Young scholars examine autobiographies and biographies through a series of reading and writing exercises. By writing journals during this semester-long course, they improve writing skills and discover their own voice. Among other activities, students complete interview sheets, evaluate social problems, present photographs to the class and explain their importance.
After reading and analyzing two narrative memoirs, middle schoolers engage in a variety of activities, including writing an essay, developing a story map, and creating character charts. They then compare and contrast story maps, and match character descriptions with the characters. The lesson is designed for adult education, but could easily work for writers of any grade level or age.
Are you working on an autobiographical or narrative writing unit? Bring this lesson to your class, as it takes young writers through the process of drafting and sequencing an autobiography. After observing and demonstrating steps of the writing process, they read and discuss examples of poetry, and write a letter to themselves. Additional activities include reading a passage from a memoir, creating a friendship graffiti wall, and writing about an adventure.
Sixth graders make a two column chart listing ten African Americans in one column and their detailed contribution to our society in the second column. Then, they select one of the famous African Americans to research and then create a six slide PowerPoint presentation according to the criteria in the handout provided. Finally, 6th graders write a one-page personal narrative regarding their knowledge and opinions of discrimination.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 14 essay and short answer questions about Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon. Students may also use the provided link at the bottom of the page to access a multiple choice quiz based on the selection.
Sixth graders work on developing language skills by listening and speaking. In this listening and speaking lesson set, 6th graders use Phil Mendez's, The Black Snowman, to work on oral language, concepts of print, fluency, spelling, vocabulary, comprehension and writing. They study vocabulary and print concepts in this two to three week unit.