African-American Scientists and InventorsLinda Tisdale
6th - 8th
Learners research the careers of African-American scientists and inventors. They uses both Internet and print resourses for their research. They design a slideshow presentation on five of these significant individuals.
Black History Month - Past to Present, Grades 4-6
Students complete a unit on Black History Month. They explore various websites, develop a diagram of the Underground Railroad, create a postage stamp for an African American, and develop a resume for an African American scientist.
Art to Zoo: Life in the Promised Land: African-American Migrants in Northern Cities, 1916-1940
This is a fantastic resource designed for learners to envision what it was like for the three million African-Americans who migrated to urban industrial centers of the northern United States between 1910 and 1940. After reading a fictional interview detailing one family's unique experience of uprooting themselves for a better life, class members brainstorm what type of questions might have been asked in the interview. Then, after reading and learning more about the migrants' experiences as a whole, your young historians will interview someone they personally know who moved to their community as an adult and will then compose a short writing piece based on the interview.
Celebrating African American/Black Leaders in History: Their Religions and Their Legacy
Kick-start Black History Month with a fantastic resource that blends a study of prominent African American leaders in history with information on different religions. Beginning with a brainstorm and then leading into a collaborative timeline activity, your class members will break into groups and read and research the biographical and historical information of such noteworthy figures as Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the influence of their religious beliefs on their activism and their contributions to society. They will then arrange themselves into chronological order according to the accomplishments of the figures they researched and peer-teach their group's findings to their classmates.
Hidden Stories: A Three-Part Lesson in African-American History, Research, and Children’s Literature
Groups of high school learners conduct research on a particular era of African-American history, focusing on events, people, and places important to that era. Next, they review children's literature in four different genres. As a culminating activity, group members combine what they have learned in their research and readings to create their own piece of children's literature based on African-American history.
Tick, Tock, the Banneker Clock: African American Inventors
Students examine the variety of African American inventions and discoveries. They select an African American inventor, conduct Internet research, and write a report in the form of a biography, a series of letters from the inventor to his or her family, or a poster.
Famous African-American Fabric Paintings
Young scholars examine famous African-Americans. In this African-Americans lesson, students research and give an oral report on a famous African-American.
Let's Explore African American History
Students use the internet to complete a scavenger hunt on African-American history. After locating all the information, they answer questions related to various topics related to African-Americans. They share their information with the class and ask any questions they have.
Exploring the Accomplishments of African American Scientists
Ninth graders research inventions and discoveries that were made by African Americans using the attached worksheet. They investigate the contributions of these scientists using print media and interviews. They design slideshow presentation highlighting these contributions.
African American Leader Research Essay
High schoolers use the Internet and other sources to research an African American leader. Using a database, they compile their research notes and use a guideline to write an essay and correct citation format. They prepare short presentations as well.
African Americans in Science
Students examine the life of renowned African American scientists. In this science literacy lesson, students explore a website containing profiles and achievements of past and present African American scientists. They prepare a poster based on the information they have collected.