Black History Month Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teaching students about black history? Use this lesson plan to explore the experiences of African Americans' journey and history. Finish up with a fun research project.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain and discuss the history of African Americans
  • research one African American
  • create a poster outlining African American


  • 2 hours


  • Research materials such as books or internet access
  • Pencils, posters, markers, etc.
  • Copies of the 13th, 14th, 15th Amendments
  • Poster boards

Key Vocabulary

  • Minorities
  • African American
  • Pidgin
  • Jim Crow Laws
  • 13th Amendment
  • 14th Amendment
  • 15th Amendment
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • African-American Vernacular English

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.

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