Lesson plans, activities and display ideas to support your teaching of black history
As the beginning of October marks the start of Black History Month, we have picked out resources to help you to celebrate and raise awareness of just a few of the important figures and events of black history with your class.
Getting the discussion started
Younger learners will no doubt be drawn in by these fascinating visuals that outline the achievements of famous black luminaries, and older students will be inspired by these thought-provoking posters featuring inspirational quotes about equality. This assembly outline, complete with video links, is a good starting point when it comes to highlighting the work of those whose achievements have not been widely recognised.
In the primary classroom
Begin to explore the beliefs and actions of Martin Luther King with this wordsearch*, before moving on to this short art-based unit of work. This week-long literacy plan is a great way to introduce information texts by exploring the lives and careers of two footballers, while this presentation on black inventors will certainly surprise your students.
In the secondary classroom
Discover more about the work of some of the key figures of black history, such as entrepreneur Marcus Garvey in this reading-based English lesson, and Rosa Parks in this detailed presentation* that summarises the story and significance of the Montgomery bus boycott. Alternatively, encourage students to do their own independent research with these printable worksheets*.
Use Black History Month as a context for pupils to examine the numbers and statistics of the slave trade with this KS3 maths workbook and check out this lesson which takes a closer look at the media approach to the civil rights movement.
Black history visuals
Martin Luther King wordsearch*
Martin Luther King art activities
Information texts: literacy plan
Black inventors presentation
Inspirational quotation posters
Black History Month assembly outline with video links
English lesson: Marcus Garvey
Rosa Parks’ bus boycott presentation*
Black History Month research worksheets*
English lesson: The media and the civil rights movement
KS3 maths: Slave trade workbook
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