Black History Makers 26 Graphic Organizers is a great resource for Black History Month but of course can be used at any time of the school year.
The organizers are designed for students to do general research on each subject. They will need access to the Internet in most cases and may find some books helpful.
Each organizer asks the student to find:
-the subject’s birthplace,
-what they are famous for,
-what their greatest accomplishments are,
-an interesting fact the student has discovered about the person, and
- what they would ask the subject if they could meet them.
With the exception of Dumas and Sancho, students should be able to find everything they need from www.biography.com but there is no reason they cannot use other sources as well.
There are 26 organizers in all for the following people:
Maya Angelou, Kofi Annan, George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, Marcus Garvey, Josiah Henson, Langston Hughes, Michael Jackson, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Thurgood Marshall, Toni Morrison, Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Colin Powell, Jackie Robinson, Wilma Rudolph, Ignatius Sancho, Haile Selassie, Harriet Tubman,Desmond Tutu, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Williams, and Oprah Winfrey.
The organizers can be used as a group activity (or one could be assigned to each student), or could be completed as an independent study. Students may pick and choose, or be assigned subjects by you. One organizer can be used to begin a larger project. Completed organizers can be displayed on a bulletin board.
I chose the 26 subjects from a variety of fields and I hope the representation is fair, if not complete! I decided to limit figures from entertainment to two people (Winfrey and Jackson) and sports to two (Robinson and Rudolph); because there are so many to choose from I decided to only include one man and one woman from each field. The other fields included are activists, writers, scientists, the military, politics, and in one case, a writer/musician. There are notable achievers from outside the U.S. as well, representing Africa (Annan, Mandela, Tutu, Selassie, Johnson-Sirleaf), Jamaica (Marcus Garvey), Canada (Josiah Henson), the UK (Sancho), and France (Dumas).
Answer keys are included for the factual portion of the graphic organizers.
All images used in the text and on the cover are from www.wikicommons.org and many are in the public domain due to age, or because they are the property of the U.S. government and have been placed in the public domain.
Where attribution has been requested, I have included it.
Looking for other resources for Black History? Please have a look at these resources in my store:
---For students in Grades 4-6
Martin Luther King Jr
The Underground Railroad Informational Texts and Activities
Twelve Years a Slave Grades 4-6
Twelve Years a Slave Grades 4-6 with Choice Board
Black History Bundle Grades 5 and 6
---For students in Canada:
Beyond the Underground Railroad
Black Canadian History Grades 7-10
---For students in middle or high school:
5 Days with Harriet Tubman
5 Days with Frederick Douglass
5 Days with Langston Hughes
Twelve Years a Slave Grades 7-10
Black History Bundle Grades 7, 8, and 9