Black History Month Black Athletes

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6th - 8th
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How much do your middle schoolers actually know about Black History? Black History Month activities are a great way to begin introducing students to influential African Americans, especially in the world of athletics! People of Color have made incredible contributions in the sporting world and in society! Help your students broaden their understanding of Black History by going beyond the handful of traditionally studied figures and discovering the story of remarkable athletes with these biographies!

Black Athletes Featured:

  • Alice Coachman - Olympic Track and Field Star
  • Cheryl Miller - Legendary Basketball Player and Coach
  • Debi Thomas - Pioneering Figure Skater
  • Jackie Robinson - Barrier-breaking Baseball Legend
  • Jesse Owen - Incredible Olympic Sprinter
  • Joe Louis - Champion Boxer
  • Wilma Rudolph - Record-setting Olympic Track Star

This PDF resource includes a two-page informational biographical article on each athlete, comprehension activities, worksheets, graphic organizers, and more! Multiple activities are included to give teachers and students options!

What's Included?

  • A Two-page Informational Biographical Article on each athlete.
  • A Comprehension Crossword Puzzle for each athlete.
  • BUNDLE BONUS: Informational Text Reading Strategy Slides Presentation!
  • Partner Discussion Guide with Discussion Questions.
  • Biographical Timeline Comprehension Activity.
  • Four-Part Summary Comprehension Activity.
  • Post-Reading Reflection Graphic Organizer.
  • Answer Key.
  • Teacher Guidelines & Instructions.
  • Detailed Lesson Outline.

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You Might Also Like the Black History Month STEM Bundle!

Learn about even more brilliant People of Color in the world of STEM including George Washington Carver, Benjamin Banneker, Marie Maynard Daly, Mae Jemison, Charles Richard Drew, Alan Emtage, and Katherine Johnson!

Black History Research Project

Searching for more Black History Month Activities? This Black History Month Research Project is a great way to teach students research skills and help them learn about influential People of Color! This resource includes everything you need to walk your students step-by-step through the research, writing, and publishing process! Over 120 Instructional Slides are included along with 140+ names of influential Black individuals--including many women!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.


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