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Miss Entwisle and Miss Juby's 5th Grade Social Studies Class


Introduction:


Slavery. Discrimination. Frederick Douglas. George Washington Carver. Rosa Parks. Martin Luther King.

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As we near the end of Black History Month, you have heard a lot about these struggles, triumphs, and historical figures in the African American community. You and a partner are going to "travel back in time" to do more research on an event or historical figure that you believe made an important impact in the progress of equality for African Americans, and present your findings to the class.

Task:

1. Jump in your time machine and take a look at what African Americans have gone through.
2. Chose your event or historical figure that you believe influenced their community.
3. Conduct research on the event or person.
4. Compile your research and pull out all of the important and most interesting information.
5. Write at least 8 different important facts about your event or person.
6. Find at least 8 different pictures that represent your event or person.
7. Create a presentation using Prezi.
8. Jump back in time to the classroom and present your findings to your classmates!

Process:

1. Jump in your time machine and take a look at what African Americans have gone through
  • Review the chapter in your social studies book that we have just covered
  • Do a Google search for important events and people in African American history
2. Chose your event or historical figure that you believe influenced their community
  • Examples of events: slavery, the Missouri Compromise, underground railroad, Emancipation Proclamation, education, Plessy vs. Ferguson, Brown vs. the Board of
Education, segregation laws, participation in sports, Civil Rights Movement, "I Have a Dream", affirmative action, role in politics
  • Examples of historical figures: Gabriel Prosser, Denmark Vesey, Nat Turner, Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Dred Scott, George Washington Carver, W.E.B. Du
Bois, Jackie Robinson, Malcom X, Emmit Till, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama
  • A sign up sheet will be posted so that no two groups are doing their presentation on the same topic.
3. Conduct research on the event or person.
  • must include atleast 3 different sources
  • one source must be from a non-internet outlet
4. Compile your research
  • Pull out all of the important and most interesting information
5. Write at least 8 different important facts about your event or person
  • Choose at least 8 facts that you found the most interesting and important to use in your presentation
6. Find at least 8 different pictures that represent your event or person
  • Use an image search to find 8 pictures that depict or represent your event or person best, to include in your presentation
7. Create a presentation using Prezi
  • Log on to the classroom account to create a Prezi with your partner. Make sure you are both doing the work and decisions are made together. Be sure to make your
path flow logically between facts and pictures.
8. Jump back in time to the classroom and present your findings to your classmates!
  • You will present your information to the class in a 3-5 minute presentation. Be sure to explain your facts and how your pictures relate. Don't be nervous!

Recommended Resources:



African American Events and People

African American History

African American Historical Events

Black History Month

Find your pictures here!

Illinois Learning Standards:


STATE GOAL 16: Understand events, trends, individuals and movements shaping the history of Illinois, the United States and other nations.
A. Apply the skills of historical analysis and interpretation.
16.A.2c Ask questions and seek answers by collecting and analyzing data from historic documents, images and other literary and non-literary sources.

D. Understand Illinois, United States and world social history.
16.D.2c (US) Describe the influence of key individuals and groups, including Susan B. Anthony/suffrage and Martin Luther King, Jr./civil rights, in the historical eras of Illinois and the United States.

NETS-S


1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

2. Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
c. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

3. Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
d. process data and report results.

6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
a. understand and use technology systems.
b. select and use applications effectively and productively.
d. transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.

Assessment:

The following rubric will be used when grading your project and presentation. Be sure to follow these guidelines as you complete your presentation.

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3
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Importance of chosen event or person is evident
Event or person made a great impact on the African American community
Event or person made a small impact on the African American community
Event or person had little relevance to the African American community
Event or person had no relevance to the African American community
Evidence of productive research through information presented
Information presented clearly shows the importance of this event or person; is extensive; details are clear
Information presented somewhat shows the importance of this event or person; is general; details are given
Information presented barely shows the importance of this event or person; is narrow; details are vague
Information presented does not show the importance of this event or person; is thin; details are unclear
Appearance of Prezi
Facts and pictures are correctly ordered; great color and complete audience interest
Facts and pictures are some what out of order; have color and contains some audience interest
Facts and pictures are out of order; little color and little audience interest
Facts and pictures are completely unorganized; no color is used and has no audience interest
Presentation to the class
3-5 minutes long; spoke loud and clear; asked if there were any questions
3-5 minutes long; spoke somewhat loud and clear; asked if there were any questions
2-4 minutes long; did not speak loud and clear; did not ask if there were any questions
1-3 minutes long; did not speak loud and clear; did not ask if there were any questions

Conclusion:

After all the presentations have been made, we will all have more knowledge on various events and historical figures that made an impact on the African American community. It is important to remember all of the struggles that they faced and recognize their triumphs. Hopefully we will one day live in a world where all discrimination, not just racial, will be eliminated.

References:

Black History Month [blog]. (2009). Retrieved February 27, 2011, from: http://blog.bluemountain.com/2011/02/17/black-history-month/
Old Western Museum [website]. (2005). Retrieved February 27, 2011, from: http://www.freewebs.com/theoldwesternmuseum/slavery.htm
The Savvy Sista [blog]. (2010). Retrieved February 27, 2011, from: http://www.the-savvy-sista.com/2010_12_01_archive.html
July 4th, Frederick Douglass’ Speech [blog]. (2010). Retrieved February 27, 2011, from: http://kellylowenstein.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/july-4th-frederick-douglass-speech/
George Washington Carver [website]. (2011). Retrieved February 27, 2011, from: http://mda.mo.gov/gwc.php
Rosa Parks [website]. (2009). Retrieved February 27, 2011, from: http://www.educationalsynthesis.org/famamer/RParks.html
Famous Quotes by Martin Luther King [website]. Retrieved February 27, 2011, from: http://hiphopspy.com/famous-quotes-by-martin-luther-king/

Created by Cyndi Entwisle and Courtney Juby