Shirley Chisholm was best known for becoming the first African American Congresswoman. A lesser known fact is that she ran in the presidential primary of 1972. For years, Shirley Chisholm fought for civil rights, women’s rights, and the needs of poor people. Besides being a politician she was also a teacher and an author. For her service and contributions to The United States, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama after her death.
This product is designed foremost as a Reading Comprehension lesson and/or test. There are 2 ½ pages of informational text about Chisholm’s life and three photographs of Shirley, her campaign poster, and her campaign button. Her biography is followed by 3 ½ pages of multiple choice reading comprehension questions and one written response question, giving a total of 20.
The reading comprehension skills tested are identifying character traits, connecting causes and effects, sequencing events, drawing conclusions, making inferences, and locating details. Defined vocabulary includes: delegates, representative, inspiring, nominating, nominee, citizens, lawmaker, legislature, terms, repudiate, notion, harbor, labor, majority, consultant, welfare, lectures, boroughs, autobiography, distinguished, wealthy, Congresswoman and Congressmen, posthumously.
This reading lesson/test will give your students a better understanding of a great American, politics, and government. You will not only have a reading lesson/ test, but also a Social Studies one, and an activity suitable for Black History Month and Women’s History Month.
The seventh page is the answer key. This product is a word document on which you can add or delete questions or edit it in anyway to better suit your needs.