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Preparation for Our African American Wax Museum

By Beth Newingham on January 15, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

To celebrate Black History Month, our students create an African American Wax Museum. Once students have signed up for the person of their choice, they begin doing research for the next few weeks on their chosen person using books and online resources. The research is done at both school and home.

Using the information the students have collected on their famous African American figures, they write a speech in the first person that they will eventually read to an audience at the African American Wax Museum. In preparation for the opening of the wax museum, students try to memorize their speeches (although they do make note cards they can use if they forget their lines).

They also create posters with pictures of the African American they have chosen. Students are asked to dress up as their person and bring props or other things that will bring authenticity to their character.

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