Author:
George (Tommy) Jones
Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Middle School
Grade:
6, 7, 8
Tags:
  • #EmergingCRT
  • African American
  • Research
  • emergingcrt
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Audio

    Education Standards

    African American History Month/Biography Research

    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.

    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 look up information on their choice in the classroom with help as needed.    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 someone that has an occupation or interest that you have too.  This will make for you a personal connection to the person you choose.

    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

     


    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 person:

    2.            Where did this person grow up?

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

    4.            Job or career of this person?

    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?

    Research a famous African American and answer the following questions.

    On your device, you will locate and access information using online resources. Your teacher will guide you with great resources to find information. 

    As needed get help to write key words about the person you selected. 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:  Get help as needed to read and write words to the questions below:

    1.            Name of person:

    2.            Where did this person grow up?

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

    4.            Job or career of this person?

    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 to the class with help as needed.

    You will present share your selected person to the class while answering the questions you researched.