Biographies of 80 famous and important African-Americans who were pioneers in their fields are profiled in this resource. Included are 15 ways to use these task cards to help your students develop their writing, speaking and listening skills.
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Simple instructions for doing the following types of activities are included:
* Writing various types of paragraphs
* Categorizing the task cards
* Giving presentations
* Creating posters
* Doing research
* Doing map and timeline activities
* Practicing note-taking
* Playing games
The versatility of these task cards makes them ideal not just for Black History Month but also Language Arts and Social Studies any time of the year. You can even do some of the activities in a Science class.
Every task card presents basic biographical information plus some interesting facts about an African-American who was born in the 18th, 19th, or 20th century. Many of the 80 people showcased in this resource were the first in their field or the first African-American to accomplish something.
Your students will be inspired by the achievements of these African-American scientists, diplomats, inventors, aviators, doctors, educators, businesspeople, politicians, athletes, soldiers, musicians, lawyers, nurses, abolitionists, novelists, singers, civil rights activists, explorers, poets, mathematicians, journalists, women's rights activists, and judges that are highlighted on the task cards.
The information on the task cards is not presented in complete sentences because one of the suggested activities is for students to write paragraphs about the people. By transforming the keywords and fragments into complete sentences, and including a topic sentence and a closing, students practice writing good paragraphs and learn some history at the same time. You can use these task cards to do other types of writing activities, too. An evaluation rubric is included so you can easily assess your students' writing.
To use the task cards, just print them out and cut them apart on the dotted lines. Laminating the task cards so they last longer is recommended but not required. Some activities can take up an entire period and some can be implemented in shorter amounts of time. Depending on the activity, students can work on their own, in pairs or small groups, or as the whole class. Some of the activities can also be used in writing centers.
This resource is appropriate for ELLs at an intermediate level of language proficiency (such as WIDA Levels 3 and up) and if you work in a WIDA Consortium state, 4 sample Model Performance Indicators are included. ELLs at a lower level of language proficiency (such as WIDA Level 2) may be able to do a few of the suggested activities and these are listed in the teacher notes. In addition, if you work in a Common Core state, a list of ELA standards this resource addresses is included.
What educators who have used this resource say about it:
♥ "I love all of the different ways you can use these task cards!" -- Angelica M.
♥ "These are perfect for my ELL students!" -- Meghan S.
Some of your students may be familiar with several of the 80 people profiled but there are probably many other African-Americans included in this resource whom they have never heard of before. All your students are sure to enjoy using these biographical task cards to learn about African-American history!
(This resource was revised on 11/7/19 to include the date of death for Toni Morrison. If you've purchased this resource, please re-download it so you have accurate info for her.)
What you get in this product:
★ A table of contents for easy reference (1 page)
★ A Notes to the Teacher section with explanatory information (1 page)
★ A list of the ELA Common Core standards addressed (1 page)
★ 4 sample WIDA Model Performance Indicators (1 page)
★ 15 ideas for using the task cards (1 page)
★ Student materials for the 2 game activities (2 pages)
★ An evaluation rubric for writing tasks (1 page)
★ Model task card biography with 2 example paragraphs at different levels of writing complexity (1 color page and 1 black-and-white page for a total of 2 pages)
★ 80 biographies of important African-Americans, 4 per page (20 pages)
★ Cover and Copyright, Credits & Social Media pages (2 pages)
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