Black History Project – Notable Person (Freedom Fighter) Research Board or E-Presentation Graphic Organizer
This product is great for a Black History research project where students research 1 person. I have used this graphic organizer with 3rd – 6th graders and have had great success. Three files are included. The main file contains a 4-page graphic organizer with questions or fields regarding their person’s early life (family history, birth information, what was happening during that time), their work and words (what they are known for, memorable quotes, the problem they solved), and then their legacy (memorials, death date, the impact this person had on society). Also, in the main file is an overview of what should be included on the board as well as a scoring rubric to make grading objective. Finally, there are pictures of sample boards. There is another file that includes a teacher model of the research project on Alex Haley to show to students as they prepare for their research. Finally, there is a PowerPoint file that is a template for student’s research. The PowerPoint has slides for all of the content that should be included on the research boards, but there is intentionally no theme applied to the slides. Students will be able to apply their own themes in PowerPoint or in Google Slides if this file is uploaded there. If you choose to upload the file through Google Classroom, you can easily assign this research project to students and track their progress on the slides.
The 4-page graphic organizer really helps guide students through the research as well as helps them think about the impact that their individual made in history. For 5th and 6th graders, they will be able to do the research more independently. However, for 3rd and 4th graders, they will need some guidance with the research. They cannot just type their question into Google and get the answer to write on their graphic organizer. I included 4 websites that have information on a lot of the notable figures in black history, but there are many more that you can share with your students, especially if your school has specialized research subscriptions. Students can notate additional resources used for research at the end of their graphic organizer where they list their citations. When I taught 3rd and 4th graders, I did not make them write a full bibliography, but I did have my 6th graders write them. In the graphic organizer, they can list a website or book used for research, but on the PowerPoint presentation, they have plenty of space to include actual bibliographies and full citations.
This product is great for the beginning of a Black History Unit or at the beginning of February to have students research someone who helped America moved closer to equality.Many students know about the roles of Dr. Martin L. King, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks, but there are so many others who have made a huge impact on equality in America, like Frederick Douglass, Shirley Chisholm, Katherine Johnson, and John Lewis. I also have a Black History Project - Notable People List (Journey to Equality) that has over 200 names and topics that can be researched for this project. These lists are broken down into categories to make it easier to choose.
I typically assign individuals to students to research that I think each particular student will connect. However, you may want your students to choose their own individuals to research, especially in older grades. It is more informative if all students in a class are assigned different individuals. Some years, I have ended the month of February with a living portraits museum, where students became their person and delivered speeches that they’d memorized by their assigned person. Other times, we have set our research boards in the school library for other students and teachers to observe. One year in particular, we used these boards along with other teacher-provided resources to create a National Museum of African American History and Culture and did an entire grade level presentation.
· Main file
· Teacher Model Presentation of Alex Haley (11 slides)
· PowerPoint Template for Research Boards or E-Presentation (10 slides)
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