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).
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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.
Grade Level 3-6
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment IndividualCommon Core Standards