Black History Month provides opportunities for teachers to present some of the most relevant and important lessons of the year to their students. I created the materials in this bundle to support the history and contributions of African-Americans in a new and engaging way.
In this bundle you get:
(1) A wordsearch that includes the names of 12 African-American inventors, historical and contemporary, and their contributions to science. (Dr. James West, Dr. Charles Drew, Valerie Thomas, Garrett Morgan, George Crum, and others). The word search includes the names of the inventors as well as their inventions and innovations.
(2) A handout that lists 5 of the most relevant Supreme Court cases in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. (Plessy v Ferguson, Brown v Board of Education, Cooper v Aaron, etc.) This handout also includes a link to landmark cases and can be assigned as homework prior to your class discussion of:
a. The central issues in the cases,
b. The Supreme Court rulings, and
c. The impact that these rulings had on American society.
As a bonus, the names of these landmark cases are also included in the word search although they do not appear in the word bank.
3. A page that contains abridged biographies of Alexander Crummell and John Wesley Gilbert, two historically significant educators. The page includes online sources where you and your students can read more about these men.
4. To accompany the Crummell and Gilbert biographies, there is a word search that features key words and phrases from the biographies. There are also several names of other historic figures that are purposefully left out of the word bank. (Jackie Robinson, Justice Clarence Thomas, Dr. Charles Drew, Zora Neale Hurston, etc.)
5. Also, I created a Venn Diagram where students can compare and contrast Crummell and Gilbert.
6. You also get the cover page picture of Frederick Douglass with quotation that can be displayed in the classroom.
7. Two pages taken from a newspaper on April 5, 1968 that provides coverage of the chaos and public outrage over Dr. King's murder the night before. The newspaper's coverage should be appropriate for middle and high school students.
8. For Spanish classes, and bilingual classrooms, I have also included a paragraph-length reading selection (in Spanish) that summarizes Black History Month, its origin, and its purpose.
I think that you will find that this bundle can complement your current unit materials in very positive ways whether you teach Social Studies, Civics, U.S. Government or a Spanish course.
These materials can be used as homework, warm-ups to any of your current lessons, as brain breaks, as differentiation tools, or as part of your substitute teacher plans.