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Activity Overview

The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up The World

This book can either be a whole class read aloud over a few days or a week, or may be assigned as an individual reading assignment. After the text has been read and discussed as a class, students will pick at least one African American from the book and create a 3-5 cell spider map highlighting that person. Teachers may differentiate by having the students research these individuals further, or by creating a map using just the information in the text. Alternatively, teachers may allow the students to choose 3-5 people, and include a brief summary and an image about them in each of the cells (see example).

Example Names From The Text

  • Muhammad Ali
  • Simone Biles
  • Barack Obama
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Jesse Owens
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Michael Jordan
  • Jay-Z
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Quincy Jones
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Duke Ellington
  • Katherine Johnson
  • Ida B. Wells
  • Jimi Hendrix

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a spider map about an African American person who is of interest to them from the book The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up the World.

Student Instructions:

  1. Choose a person.
  2. Using school resources, conduct research and learn more about your chosen person, or use the information from the book.
  3. Create a 3-5 cell spider map that highlights what you have learned about that person. Some ideas for information to include: date and place of birth, family and education, and major accomplishments .

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 3-6

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/3/2] Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/4/4] Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/5/5] Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

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