Researching real people helps students to gain a more concrete and compassionate understanding of the culture, lives and diverse perspectives of people who were enslaved in America and people who worked to end slavery. Giving students the perspective of those who lived during a time period helps them go beyond simply memorizing dates and names to acquire a more substantial, empathetic and realistic view of the period. In this activity, students will create a biography poster about a notable enslaved person or someone who worked to end slavery.
Teachers can assign students specific people or give students a choice. Teachers may wish to provide resources such as books or the online encyclopedia Britannica for students to read about their person. These posters can be printed out, laminated, and hung around the room as a visual reminder of notable people from the time of American Slavery. Students can also present their posters to their classmates, sharing their knowledge about their person. Thus combining research, writing and public speaking skills into one powerful assignment.
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Objective: Research a famous or notable person that relates to the period of Slavery in America such as an enslaved person or an abolitionist. Create a biography poster that highlights important events in their life and accomplishments.
Requirements: Person’s image, name, dates of birth/death, 3-5 important events and/or accomplishments.
Grade Level 4-6
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Biographies