Follow the history of individuals who changed the world with this collection of teaching resources for Black History Month.
- Gain a greater understanding of African Americans’ contributions and role in U.S. history
- Understand that the struggle for freedom and equality took decades, and continues today
- 28 Days by Charles R. Smith Jr.
- Chart paper and markers
- 28 copies per student of the 28 Days Graphic Organizer printable. (Alternately, students can make their own book from any lined writing paper, using the same outline as the handout.)
- A piece of construction paper or manila paper for a book cover, one for each student
- Pre-read the book, including the author’s note.
- Gather credible websites and other books if you wish for the class to do further research.
- Make 28 copies of the 28 Days Graphic Organizer printable for each student. Or, prepare lined writing paper.
The 28 individuals and events included in 28 Days are:
- Day 1 Crispus Attucks
- Day 2 Dred Scott decision
- Day 3 Robert Smalls
- Day 4 14th Amendment
- Day 5 Daniel Hale Williams
- Day 6 Plessy v. Ferguson
- Day 7 Matthew Henson
- Day 8 Harriet Tubman
- Day 9 Henry Johnson
- Day 10 Madam C. J. Walker
- Day 11 Bessie Coleman
- Day 12 Jesse Owens
- Day 13 Marian Anderson
- Day 14 Jackie Robinson
- Day 15 Brown v. Board of Education
- Day 16 Rosa Parks
- Day 17 Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe
- Day 18 “Little Rock Nine”
- Day 19 Wilma Rudolph
- Day 20 Martin Luther King Jr.
- Day 21 Malcolm X
- Day 22 Thurgood Marshall
- Day 23 Shirley Chisholm
- Day 24 Hank Aaron
- Day 25 Guion “Guy” Bluford and Mae Jemison
- Day 26 Nelson Mandela
- Day 27 Oprah Winfrey
- Day 28 Barack Obama
In this lesson, students will learn about a person or an event for each day of February. You can use this lesson as a way to start each day during morning message or morning meeting, or during circle time. To accommodate weekends or holidays, add an extra person or event on Mondays and Fridays, or as needed.
Step 1: Introduce Black History Month to the class. Ask your students what they already know about Black History Month. Who are some important people to know? What are some important events to be aware of? Record the class’s brainstorm on chart paper.
Step 2: Tell the class that this month they are going to learn about 28 people and events they might not have heard about before. Each day they will read one entry from the book 28 Days. Each day they will complete a little research and discuss the person or event they read about. They will record what they learn in their Black History Month Book.
Step 3: Each day, read a section (or two) of the book with the class. You and your students can also conduct research using the internet or books. After reading and discussion, have the students complete a page of their book using the 28 Days Graphic Organizer printable or prepared lined writing paper. The page should include: a summary about the topic; the importance and impact of the person/event; and an illustration. Continue throughout the month of February.
Step 4: Towards the end of the month, ask your students to create a cover for their books. It should include a title, the student’s name, and illustrations relating to things they learned from the book.
Step 5: After completing the book, refer back to the brainstorm from the first day. Ask the class: What new people did we learn about? What new events did we learn about?
Step 6: Have the students write a reflection about learning about Black History Month. Why is it important? Why it is important to learn about many different people and their histories?
Students may choose a person from the book and conduct more research, completing a biography about their chosen person.
- Did the student accurately summarize each day’s person or event?
- Did the student demonstrate an understanding of the importance and impact of each person or event?