Black History Month Project - Research, Essay, Report Writing Template

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2nd - 5th, Homeschool
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For black history month, have students research a famous African American person and use that research to create an essay, map, and timeline. This no prep resource is scaffolded to help all of your students be successful with report writing.

A digital version for use with Google Classroom / Google Slides of the students project has recently been added for your convenience. However, this resource was originally designed as a printable, and the scaffolding will not be as effective digitally. The model using Martin Luther King, Jr. is NOT available digitally currently.

This black history month research project includes:

  • a graphic organizer to help students research their African American hero
  • a 4 paragraph scaffolded rough draft to help students be successful with informational writing
  • a 5 paragraph scaffolded rough draft to help with differentiation
  • a revising and editing sheet for their black history month essay
  • a final draft writing paper
  • a map assignment that has students label states that their African American person had been to
  • a timeline assignment to help students create a timeline of important events
  • a model of all of the above assignments using Martin Luther King, Jr. so students can see what is expected
  • grading rubrics to help you easily assess your students' black history project

The completed project makes a great black history month bulletin board, or use it to help your students write a black history month ELA report for a wax museum project.

The scaffolding helps students successfully complete their black history research, write a black history month report, and complete their map and timeline. You could use this for a black history month informative writing center for your 3rd grade or 4th grade students. This is a great way to teach your students how to write biographies of famous people!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.


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