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General Activities by Subject

General Activities based on Subject Area

The activities below are not necessarily organized by honoree or year, but can be used as appropriate for many different honorees and classes.

School-wide Activities

ELA

Fine Arts

Social Studies

General Activities

  • Present a power point/media presentation of one of the honorees
  • Make-a-Gift: have the student divide a sheet of notebook paper into 4-quadrants (the teacher determines what goes in each quadrant such as date of birth, major accomplishments, school attended, occupation, etc.,) on the bow- the student writes his/her reflection and/or anything that he/she wishes to share with peers
  • Complete a graphic organizer using the 5 W’s
  • Complete a sequence organizer (what happens first, second, etc.,)
  • Make a time line for all individuals in the calendar
  • Draw on poster board or larger sheet of paper, contributions that the individual made

ELA

The teacher will set up various learning stations to address all indicators listed below. Each station will have several of the biographies included in the SC African American History Calendar (informational text) that supports the focus. Stations need to include the following foci along with informational text emphasis as well as incorporating other indicators:

  • In one station, students will read the informational text provided within the AT&T Calendar and on a graphic organizer, they will identify cause and effect relationships (http://www.educationoasis.com/curriculum/GO/cause_effect.htm)
  • In the next station, students will summarize evidence that supports a central idea by reading informational text provided within the AT&T Calendar and completing a summary graphic organizer. (http://www2.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/r/reading_bestpractices_vocabulary_sr_allgo.pdf
  • In a third station, students will read informational text provided within the AT&T Calendar and then analyze the text locating and identifying facts and opinions on a graphic organizer. http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/pdf/factopin.pdf
  • In a fifth station, students will use the AT&T Calendar (informational text) and continue to research each featured person. Students will record new learning in writing. Students need to properly credit and document the work of others by listing the web address in their writing.
  • Students will rotate to each station after a teacher-selected period of time and this can occur of multiple days.

Use these tables that you create to help you complete the following assignments:

  • Give the child a small picture of the individual and/or have the student draw a picture; glue the picture in the center of a sheet of paper, select one part of speech and have the student write as many words as he/she can about the person as it relates to the information provided-Nouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, Verbs, etc.
  • Make a character poster based on qualities of the individuals
  • Write a letter thanking the individual for his/her contribution and/or how the contributions have impacted the student and/or the world
  • Complete a sequence organizer (what happens first, second, etc.,)
  • Write a summary (Choose 20 words from the passage and write a summary). The numbers of words can vary according to grade level
  • Design a bingo game; Make up questions for all individuals, have students match questions to pictures
  • Make a class book of each of the honorees (a condensed version from the calendar)
  • Write poems about each honoree
  • Write an acronym using an honoree’s name
  • Design “Knowledge Cards” – students write what they have learned on index cards
  • Create a crossword puzzle using words and definitions that relates to the honoree
  • Create a newspaper ad, and/or a front newspaper page about the person
  • Write the meaning, description, and purpose of the ORDER OF THE PALMETTO.  Name the 2009 honorees that have received that honor.
  • What is the MEDGAR EVERS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE?  Which 2009 honoree(s) received it?
  • List the 2009 honorees that graduated from the same high school.  Name the 2009 honoree(s) that was not born in South Carolina.
  • Define forerunner, unsung hero, and Jim Crow.  Write a dialogue between Sarah Mae FLEMMING and the SCE&G bus driver who humiliated her when she took a front seat on a bus on June 22, 1954.
  • What is a first generation college graduate?  Which 2009 honoree(s) holds that distinction?  Do you know anyone who is a first generation college graduate?
  • Make a time line for all individuals in the calendar.
  • Name the 2009 honorees who received degrees in education.  Which ones actually taught school?  Which of the 2009 honorees were a farmer, a teacher, a principal, and a State Supervisor of Elementary Education at the South Carolina State Department of Education?
  • Whose autobiography is Point of Attack?

Fine Arts (Drama, Art)

  • Go the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art home page (Dr. Evans was a preeminent surgeon in Detroit who owned what was considered to be one of the world’s finest African American art collections before donating it to the Savannah College of Art and Design. Dr. Evans currently resides in Savannah where he has played a significant role in restoring the historic Savannah downtown area around Martin Luther King Jr. Drive). After reading the section on African American art, please write a brief half-page essay on how the African American art movement developed in this country.
  • Have students act out an individual accomplishment and hardship that may have been experienced
  • Create a quilt (draw a portrait of each honoree, write a few sentences, and glue squares on a larger sheet)
  • Design a poster for advertising individual’s expertise for a certain position, job, etc.

Math

Use these tables that you create to help you complete the following assignments:

  • Go to http://www.yahoo.com/maps and calculate the distance between the honoree’s birthplace and the city where the honoree attended college.  In the third column, write the number of miles between those locations.  Highlight the person(s) who went the farthest distance from home to attend college.  Add all the miles from the third column, and in the last line, indicate the total number of miles traveled by all twelve honorees.  Calculate the distance between the honoree’s birthplace and city where the honoree received her/his graduate degree, and write that sum in the fifth column. Add all the miles from the fifth column, and in the last line, indicate the total number of miles traveled by all twelve honorees to graduate school. Highlight the person(s) who traveled the farthest distance from home to attend graduate school.

Social Studies
Class Time:
  45 minutes

Objectives:  Students will map the hometown of each person featured in the calendar and write a brief bio on the honoree.

Procedure:

  • Divide the class into small groups of four (or five)
  • Give each group a copy of the calendar and the honorees
  • Provide each group with a blank outline map of South Carolina
  • Display each groups work on the bulletin board in the classroom
  • On a map of South Carolina, locate each city town and county that is mentioned in the narratives of the honorees.  Shade in yellow the county that is cited the highest number of times.  Color in violet the county that is cited the second highest number of times.  Shade in light blue the county that is cited the third highest number of times.  Color in green the county that is cited the fourth highest number of times.  Shade in pink the county that is mentioned the fifth highest number of times.
  • Do research on the three counties cited the highest number of times, and write a short historical narrative of each of the three counties.

Special thanks to the South Carolina Department of Education for compiling and sharing lesson ideas and broad-based activities related to South Carolina African-American History.