Susanne Kimber
U.S. History
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Middle School
African Americans
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Black History Month Lesson

Susanne Kimber




Title: Black History Month Lesson


Overview:  The students will respond to a quote by an African American using Padlet.  Then students will read a biography of two famous African Americans.  They will compare, contrast and summarize what they learned with the group.  Lastly, using Flipgrid, the students will answer a question that I give them about one of the famous people.  


Content/Context: The ESL students will be learning about famous African Americans. They will be reading, comprehending and sharing their thoughts about two famous African Americans.


Length of lesson: 45 minutes


Digital Literacy Standards addressed: Social Media # 10


College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) and/or Transitions Integration Framework (TIF) Standards addressed: CCRS 9 RI 5.9


Lesson Objective(s): Students will be able to respond to an African American quote using Padlet.  Students will be able to fill out a Venn Diagram about two famous African Americans.  The students will be able to summarize their lives with the group.  The students will answer a question about a famous African American using Flipgrid.


Assessing Mastery of the Objective(s):  At the end of this lesson, students will show mastery of the objectives by using Padlet and Flipgrid successfully.  The students will also show mastery by filling out the Venn Diagram completely and being able to share what they learned with the other students.  



Cell phones or Ipads

Copies of the biographies or use




Lesson Outline:

Introduction: The students will be studying famous African Americans in honor of Black History month.  Using their cell phones, the students will read the African American quote on Padlet and they will share their response to the quote.  The quote is “If there is no struggle, there is no progress” by Frederick Douglas.  Everyone’s responses will be displayed on the whiteboard, using the projector. The class will discuss the responses.


Explanation/Modeling:  The teacher will explain that the students will get to pick two famous African Americans to study.  Their choices are Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglas, Ruby Bridges, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson.  


Guided Practice: The teacher will show the students how to fill out a Venn Diagram based on the information that they are reading.  The teacher will do a practice one with the students using two famous people to compare/contrast.  


Independent Practice:  The teacher will pass out two biographies to each student that were printed from  The students will independently read their two biographies and fill out their Venn Diagram.  Each student will share with the group what two famous African Americans they learned about and will give a verbal summary of their lives.  Each student will share what is the same and what is different about the two famous people.    


Student Reflection on Learning, Closure, Connection: For a closing, the students will answer this question about one of the people they studied: “What qualities did this person have that enabled him/her to do what is right?”  Using their phones, the students will answer this question by recording themselves using Flipgrid.  The students will be able to look at the other students’ responses as well.