Student Activities for Black History 9-12

Classroom Exercise for Grades 9-12

Students can choose an important person from history and do a storyboard biography about them and their contribution to equality and/or society. They could also analyze Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech.

Read Barack Obama’s 2004 Democratic Convention keynote address, “The Audacity of Hope”, and MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Have students create a storyboard depicting any of the following:

  1. Explanation of three important quotes
  2. Analysis of the rhetoric (one or both speeches)
  3. Venn Diagram looking at similarities and differences
    • purpose/audience/delivery
    • reception from or effect on the public
    • message about community or cooperation

Additional Black History Month Activities for 9-12

  1. Create biography posters of a figure that students research. See more biography activities.
  2. Create a timeline of the Jim Crow Laws.
  3. Read and create storyboards for The Color Purple or other relevant pieces of literature.
  4. Seek out current events articles regarding equality or racism to contrast with racism in the past. Students can use a three-cell storyboard as a Venn diagram.
  5. Have students create a poster explaining an invention created by a Black person.

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