Benjamin Banneker Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Who was Benjamin Banneker and why does he hold an important place in our country's history? This lesson plan uses an engaging video lesson and an activity to highlight key facts about the life and legacy of Benjamin Banneker.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline the life and work of Benjamin Banneker
  • list the historical significance of Benjamin Banneker's work and achievements

Length

  • 1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Materials

  • Several images showing the almanacs created by Benjamin Banneker
  • An image of the clock created by Benjamin Banneker
  • A worksheet created using the quiz associated with the video lesson
  • Construction paper in different shades of brown
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers

Key Vocabulary

  • Benjamin Banneker
  • Slavery
  • Astronomy
  • Almanac

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