Black History Month Project
Choosing a Great Individual
During the month of February, I try to share with my students the many ways that African Americans have made significant contributions to our society. I am always amazed that they have a limited knowledge of anyone still living that has made an impact on the world. Of course they have lots of knowledge about people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Rosa Parks. Now I'm not saying that these remarkable individuals did not help to shape America to what it is today, but there are people that are still making a difference today. Living, breathing people who are changing the way we do things today and in the future.
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Honor the Living
During this time, my students are required to research and present information about a living African American that is currently making a difference in our world. There are many areas of interest that these individuals contribute from sports, entertainment, business, fine arts, science, medicine, and more. Here are a list of possible candidates for research:
- Ben Carson
- George Carruthers
- Mae Jemison
- Oprah Winfrey
- Jay Z
- Spike Lee
- Sidney Poitier
Politics and Activism:
- Colin Powell
- Condoleezza Rice
- Barack Obama
- Michelle Obama
Education and Literature:
- Maya Angelou
- Marva Collins
- Nikki Giovanni
- Venus Williams
- Serena Williams
- Lynette Woodward
- Michael Jordan
- Charles Barkley
Of course this list barely touches the tip of the list. There are so many people that should be recognized. For additional names you can link to www.biography.com.
Here are the requirements for the project. I go over all of the expectations with my students, including possible choices (I give them a list to get them started), due dates, and a copy of the rubric. This project is great for students at the fourth grade level and up.
Black History Month Project
Choose an African American that has made a significant impact on today’s society (refer to attached list). The person that you choose must be living. You may choose someone that has made an impact in the area of politics, education, entertainment, literature, business, or sports. Your choice must be preapproved and there may be no duplicates of people. If you turn in a project on someone that does not have preapproval, your project will be reduced by one letter grade. You must include both a poster (visual representation of your person) with a written component included on the poster. The rubric for your project is as follows.
Selection due date:___________________________
Name of person:_____________________________
Project due date: ____________________________
Pictures of your person
Title for your poster
Education of your Person
Accomplishments/Contributions to Society
How this person influences you to do better.
Neatness and Creativity
Rubric turned in with project.
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