Famous African Americans ABC Book

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					                   Black History Activity – Grades K-5

Famous African Americans ABC Book
              Language Arts,
Subject:
              U.S. History
              K-2, 3-5,
Grade:
              6-8, 9-12

Brief Description
Help students create an ABC book with short biographies of famous African Americans in history.


Objectives
Students
          define the word biography,
          learn about famous African Americans in history,
          use the letters of the alphabet to create an ABC book about famous African Americans.

Keywords
African Americans, famous, ABC book, history

Materials Needed
        teacher-selected and/or student-researched library sources about African Americans in
    history
          printouts from sites listed in the lesson
          construction or drawing paper
          drawing materials, such as markers or crayons
          pens or pencils

Lesson Plan
Suggestion: You may want to complete this activity in two lessons.

Lesson 1
          Ask students to name some famous African Americans they have studied.
        Read aloud to students background information about some famous African Americans in
    history from library sources.
       Discuss the meaning of the word biography. Tell students that each person will create a
    one-page biography for a class ABC book about famous African Americans in history.
        Assign each student one famous African American. Have students check library sources
    or provide printouts of information about African Americans from the links at Pathfinder:
    African American Biographies
Lesson 2
         Distribute construction or drawing paper and drawing materials.
       Have each younger student draw a picture of the assigned person and write a few words
    about the person under the picture. Have each older student draw the person and write
    several paragraphs about the person under the picture.
          When all the pages are finished, arrange them in ABC order. Have students brainstorm a
    title for the book and a design for the cover.
Variation: Focus the book on a specific theme in black history; for example, create an ABC book about African American leaders,
scientists, writers, or famous women.

Assessment
Evaluate each student's contribution to the book.