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30 Warm-Ups Bell Ringers: BLACK HISTORY THEME: Non-Fiction for 5th-12th Grade

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4th - 12th
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REVISED - BLACK HISTORY THEMED: Each of the 30 Daily Warm-Up/Bell Ringer passages is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for ELA and are written for grades 5 to 12 but will also work for high school.

This is perfect for classroom, digital, and hybrid use. This is in form fillable PDF, PowerPoint and with lines for printables.

From slavery to civil rights to sports and beyond – these passages promote critical thinking and are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies for the fifth and eighth grades - and any US History as well as the CCSS. Additionally, they are ideal for any grade to study Black History.

The questions are both constructed response and multiple choice and help you incorporate the – communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity your students need in order to be successful in school and in life. They are designed to help students think critically and to prepare them for STAAR, PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments.

The topics are non-fiction and perfect for use as warm-ups, bell ringers, early finishers, unit reinforcers, partner or group work and/or lesson starters. They are designed to foster higher order thinking skills and writing across the curriculum. They are Black History, reading and writing themed and ask thought provoking questions to help students become independent thinkers and provide exercise for their brain muscles.

The passages are designed to be differentiated, so mix it up. Have students work alone, in pairs or in small groups. Encourage dialogue around the questions. If a passage seems particularly difficult for your students – pair up struggling readers with patient proficient readers and writers. Some of the best thinking happens this way.

These passages work for digital learning as well. They can be emailed or uploaded to any platform and assigned as warm-ups, lesson starters or reading assignments.

Table of Contents

Civil Rights Movement

James Framer, Jr. Civil Rights Leader page 5

Dorothy Height Civil Rights Leader page 6

Freedom Ridders – Inference page 7

Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964 – Inference page 8

Black Voters Today – Still No Equal page 9

Bob Moses Today page 10

Key Moments in the Fight for Civil Rights page 11

Brown v. Board of Education page 12

The Little Rock Nine: September 4, 1957 page 13

The Little Rock Nine page 14

Interesting Facts About The Little Rock Nine page 15

Wole Soyinka page 16

Maya Angelou – Fact of Opinion page 17

Important Early Dates in the Civil Rights Movement page 18

Slavery in America

The First Slaves in What Would Become United States page 20

The First Slaves in the United States page 21

Harriet Jacobs: Slave - In Her Words page 22

Lucy Berry Delaney Slave – In Her Own Words page 23

Ellen and William Craft – In Their Own Words page 24

Sports Themed

Athletes and Civil Rights: Jack Johnson page 26

Athletes and Civil Rights: Marlin Briscoe page 27

Athletes and Civil Rights: A Man Named Moses page 28

Serena Williams page 29

Athletes and Civil Rights: Jesse Owens page 30

Athletes and The Civil Rights: Alice Coachman page 31

Althea Gibson page 32

Simone Biles Flies through Gymnastics page 33

Stephen Curry and Dell Curry page 34

LeBron James and Michael Jordan page 35

Sheryl Swoops - WMBA - MVP page 36

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