Black History Month
February is Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month. Lennections has many activities that include articles, photographs, quotes and videos to help your students learn more about the great achievements and contributions of many African Americans. Below you will find just a few of our featured activities.
Famous African American: Maya Angelou
Introduce your students to Maya Angelou, an American poet, civil rights activist, and awardee of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Suggested for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students this activity includes quotes and photographs from Maya Angelou. The one page article gives readers a short but insightful glimpse at Angelou's life and achievements. Students answer 7 multiple choice questions and 3 student response questions.
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Who is Sojourner Truth?
Sojourner Truth escaped slavery and dedicated her life to abolishing slavery and fighting for women's rights. This activity includes facts, photos, quotes and a one page article followed by 9 multiple choice questions. Suggested for upper elementary and middle school students. Automated grading allows for immediate scores.
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Who Was Willie O'Ree?
The first African American to play professional hockey, O'Ree helped break the race barriers in professional sports. He has earned many awards for his athletic ability as well as his contributions to mentoring youth. This activity is suggested for upper elementary and middle school students. It includes newspaper clippings, Black History Month facts, quotes from O'Ree, one page of informational text and 10 automaically scored multiple choice questions.
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The Courgae to Take Action: A Lesson from Rosa Parks
Known as the "First Lady of Civil Rights," Rosa Parks stood up for the rights of African Americans when she refused to give up her seat on a bus. She dedicated her life to free and equal treatment for all people. Suggested article for middle to high school students, this activity includes a video of the speech by President Obama at the dedication of statue honoring Rosa Parks at the United States Capital in Washington, D.C. Three pages of informational text followed by 7 multiple choice and 3 student response questions.
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African American Inventors: Lewis Latimer
Although his parents were born slaves, Latimer grew up a free man and fought in the Civil War to defend that freedom. He went on to become one of the most important inventors of his time working with Edison and Bell. This elementary activity includes a timeline of Latimer's life, a short video biography as well as 1 page of informational text followed 5 questions.
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