Contemporary Black History: Eight Men and Women that Inspire – Informational Text and Activity Pack

Black History Month : Contemporary Black History Eight Men and Women Who Inspire showcases the contributions of eight American men and women who have made significant contributions in a wide range of fields: science, politics, sports, entertainment, and more. In this engaging activity pack you get:

A full page of informational text about each figure, carefully researched for accuracy and highlighting the significant contributions made by the individual, with an inspirational quote from each. Featured are:

  • Allyson Felix, athlete
  • Will Smith, entertainer
  • Condoleezza Rice, diplomat and scholar
  • Tim Duncan, athlete
  • Mae Jemison, astronaut and physician
  • Mark Dean, computer scientist and inventor
  • Oprah Winfrey, entertainer and businesswoman
  • Barack Obama, politician

Following each informational article is a page of comprehension questions requiring close reading of the text and reflective thought by the student. Answer keys are included for all. Each article stands alone. You have the option to use as many or as few of the articles as suit your purpose and time frame. Further suggestions for additional follow-up activities complete the unit.

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Included in this learning-filled package is a link to an audio version of the text. Students can access the audio text on an iPad, Mac or Windows device and follow along as the text is highlighted while they listen.

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