Black History Month Research Project

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Are you searching for a meaningful Black History Month activity for your middle school students? This Research Project unit is the perfect way to celebrate Black History Month and teach useful research, writing and communication skills at the same time!

Students will learn basic research skills, learn about an influential African American, put their thoughts and ideas down in an ORGANIZED essay, peer edit and revise their essays, and present their research findings through a creative poster presentation.

What's Included:

  • General Teacher Guidelines and Instructions
  • 120+ Instructional Slides
    Teacher Modeling Built-In to Slides Presentation
  • Unit Overview
  • 9 Individual Lesson Plans
  • List of 140+ Influential African Americans
  • Note-taking Graphic Organizers
  • Useful Student Reference Materials
  • Answer Keys (where applicable)
  • Grading Rubrics (where applicable)
  • Technology Helps

Topics Covered:

  • Research Process
  • Primary and Secondary Sources
  • Bias
  • Evaluating Sources for Credibility
  • Internet Search Tips
  • Research and Note-taking
  • Outlining
  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Writing a Simple Bibliography
  • Creative Poster Presentation

UPDATE! (2.3.21) - List of Influential African American now includes more 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).
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.


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