This project involves students interviewing an African American person in their community that they admire and writing the story of his or her life in a blank book.
This pack includes all the resources necessary to take a fresh and new approach to studying African American history. Students learn to look to their own communities to find people who are living examples of the justice that so many before us fought for. They are stretched to hone new skills: interviewing, note taking, writing, illustrating, and designing a book that shares the story of someone in our community.
I did this project with first graders and they surprised me year after year with the careful effort and wonderful enthusiasm they brought to creating their books. It can be modified to meet the abilities of any grade level. The blank books that we used each year came from barebooks.com. The books are hardback and high quality. Students treasured their books and were so proud of their work.
This 19 page resource includes:
*a table of contents
*an overview of the project that can be sent home to parents
*a breakdown of the 3 steps involved in the project
*a worksheet for students to name the person they intend to interview
*a worksheet of thoughtful interview questions
*a worksheet that provides guidelines for transferring answers into the book
*a rubric to send home to parents
*a blank rubric for teachers to use for tracking student progress
*an invitation for parents to the author celebration
*an invitation for those who were interviewed to the author celebration
*an author badge for students to wear at the celebration
*an autograph page for the authors to sign