History posters are a great way to highlight the important accomplishments of influential people and the important aspects of historic events by using vivid graphics and concise text. Researching real people and delving into the details of important events helps students to get a more concrete and compassionate understanding of the culture, lives and diverse perspectives of people who were enslaved in America or 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 gain a more substantial, empathetic, and realistic view of the period. In this activity, students will create a poster highlighting a key event or person from the time of American slavery.
Teachers can assign students specific people or events or give students a choice of which they'd like to research. Teachers may wish to provide resources such as books or the online encyclopedia Britannica for students to read about their person or event. Once they're completed, the posters can be printed out, laminated, and hung around the room as a visual reminder of what students have learned. 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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Grade Level 4-6
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Biographies
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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 OR explain, in detail, an important event that relates to the time period. Create a History Poster that highlights the important details and impact of the person or the event.
Requirements: If a person: Person’s image, name, dates of birth/death, 3-5 important events and/or accomplishments as well as images to represent your person. If an event: Event’s name, dates, 3-5 important details and its impact on history as well as images or scenes to illustrate it.
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