Black History Month Biographies and Activities | Printable + Digital

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These Black History Month biographies and activities showcase the lives of important men and women who have had a major impact on Black and American History. This set includes nonfiction reading passages with questions that help you teach Black History Month in a meaningful way.

Each biography also has graphic organizers and text-aligned life timelines that help your students dig deeper into the achievements of African-Americans. With these additions, you can use this activity set for ELA and Social Studies standards.

Here are the biographies you will find:

  • James Weldon Johnson
  • Maya Angelou
  • Carter G. Woodson
  • Marian Wright Edelman
  • Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Alex Haley

This Set Includes:

  • Reading Comprehension Worksheets
  • Text-Aligned Questions to practice citing text evidence
  • 2 Timelines of each Black History Month biography
  • 6 Reflection Worksheets on Black History Month & Equality
  • 6 Review Graphic Organizers
  • Google Forms Assessment--Direct link provided
  • Easel Ready Activity for Digital Use

With these Black History Month activities, you are giving your students the opportunity to practice essential skills such as referring back to the text, inferring, discovering word meaning in context, and critical thinking.

But your students are also learning important information about people who have impacted American history in a positive way.

As you teach accurate, culturally responsive Black History in your classroom, you are empowering students to be the change our world still needs to see!

This standards-aligned resource best serves 4th-6th Grade students.


What Other Teachers Are Saying:

  • This was a great resource especially during guided reading to have small group discussions that transformed into wonderful classroom learning and talks. -Victoria
  • This set helped my students to learn about a variety of accomplished African-Americans during our nonfiction unit. The activities helped them find evidence in the text and use ordering skills to make timelines... -Christina
  • I loved using this to have my students create mini reports about what they learned about different African Americans through history. -Jessica
  • This is an incredible resource to spark inquiry of influential Black Americans. -Esther
  • This is fantastic. The biographies are age appropriate and written well for fourth graders. I love how the questions force them to go back in the text to find the answers and the timelines are a great help with my social studies standards. Great resource! -Julie
  • AND MORE!! See additional feedback below


Related Resources:

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read Aloud

Toni Morrison Biography Set

Madam CJ Walker Biography Set

28 Days of Black History Read Aloud Companion Set



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66 + Interactive PDF + Google Form
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.


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