Usually around this time of year, my school celebrates Black History Month. In preparation for this month I like to do a project with my students to introduce them to some historical people that they generally know nothing about. This project is usually done over the time span of 4-5 days.
In order to do this, the students must choose one person from a list that I have compiled to do their project on. The list of names ranges from Barack Obama to Oprah to Jackie Robinson and etc. Most of the names on the list are strange to the students, so on day one of the project the kids do a little research on some of the names to make a decision on who they would like to base their project on. By the end of day one, each student must let me know who they chose for their project.
Days two and three are spent doing research on the person that they chose for their project. I ask that the students find 7-10 facts about their person, a quote that person said, and a photo of their person. One of the main reasons that I do this project is to work on the research aspect. For 7th and 8th graders, their “research” is going to google and typing what they see on the search page. We spend some time learning about what good and credible sources look like.
Days 4 and 5 are spent putting together the project. I have done this a little differently each year. Last year the students made banners with their information (see below), and this year the students made posters with their information.
Overall this project is a nice intro to Black History Month, and it is a great way to break up the monotony of Writing Class. The kids really enjoy doing this project each year, and it makes for great hallway art that other students and teachers can look at as they pass my classroom.