Author:
CHRISTIE DEHART
Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Case Study, Formative Assessment, Game, Interactive, Presentation, Reading, Reference Material
Level:
Middle School
Grade:
6, 7, 8
Tags:
  • African American
  • NCDLS
  • Research
  • ncdls
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    Remix African American History Month/Biography Research

    Remix African American History Month/Biography Research

    Overview

    Students will research an African American person based on set questions. The students will present their person in an interview format - Guess Who.

    This resource has been remixed to add a digital presentation option.

    Selection of African American Person

    Lesson Overview – Students will research an African American person based on set questions. The students will present their person in an interview format.

    Task 1
    In the classroom, the ELA teacher introduces the activity and each student will write their selection on a secret piece of paper only shared with the teacher. The student will conduct their research in the library media center. The Media Specialist will conduct the parts of the research as well as help the students find resources and materials.  For more contemporary famous African Americans check out this link https://interactives.theroot.com/root-100-2018/ (The Root 100 is an annual list of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45. It’s our way of honoring the innovators, the leaders, the public figures and game changers whose work from the past year is breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation).

    Let's get started! You will need to select an African American person to research. This person can be an innovator, leader, public figures or game-changer whose work from the past has breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation. Your  ELA teacher will introduce this activity and you will write your selection on a secret piece of paper only shared with the teacher.

    For more contemporary famous African Americans check out this link.https://interactives.theroot.com/root-100-2018/ (The Root 100 is an annual list of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45. 

    Research Person

    In the library, students will locate and access information using print and online resources. The SLMC will guide students to great resources to find information.


    Student directions for the activity. Research a famous African American and answer the following questions.

    You need to put your answers on note cards and become familiar enough with the information that you will be able to share it in an interview format. 

    You also need to look for information to create one trivia question about your personality.  Make sure it is a significant piece of information.

    QUESTIONS:

    1.            Name of subject:

    2.            Where did your subject grow up?

    3.            When was she/he born and (if applicable) when did he/she die?

    4.            What influenced your subject to become interested in his/her field?

    5.            Were there any difficulties or problems your subject faced that made it difficult for him/her to accomplish his/her goals? Explain.

    6.            What achievements has your subject accomplished? How has he/she become recognized for excellence in his/her field?

    **Trivia Question: and Answer

    Research a famous African American and answer the following questions.

    In the library, you will locate and access information using print and online resources. Your school librarian will guide you with great resources to find information. Don't forget no sharing your person with others--it's a secret!

    You need to put your answers on note cards/paper and become familiar enough with the information that you will be able to share it in an interview format. You also need to look for information to create one trivia question about your personality.  Make sure it is a significant piece of information.

    QUESTIONS:

    1.            Name of subject:

    2.            Where did your subject grow up?

    3.            When was she/he born and (if applicable) when did he/she die?

    4.            What influenced your subject to become interested in his/her field?

    5.            Were there any difficulties or problems your subject faced that made it difficult for him/her to accomplish his/her goals? Explain.

    6.            What achievements has your subject accomplished? How has he/she become recognized for excellence in his/her field?

    **Trivia Question: and Answer

     

    Present your Person

    Students will present their person without initially introducing them. At the end of the presentation, the students will guess what person they selected. The students can ask questions based on the question list. A bank of people selected can be presented to students to give them a guide for their guesses. ELA and SLMC will evaluate this activity and make suggestions for improvement.

    You will present your selected person to the class while answering the questions you researched. Be sure to save your person's name until the end to see if the students can figure out your person. You can make your trivia question easy if you think your person will be a hard one to guess.

    Digital Presentation Twist

    A digital twist could be added to this already amazing resource by allowing students the option of creating their presentations at home. Students could utilze Flipgrid or Screencastify to create a digital presentation where they give their clues digitally. As students progress in giving clues, they could pause their recording to add in image clues that indicate location, inventions created, causes supported, etc. 

    https://www.screencastify.com/

    https://info.flipgrid.com/

    This option would support remote learning. Flipgrid has an option that allows student to student comments which would still support the "Guess Who" option remotely.