Resources to support Black History Month

Nicola Davison
30th January 2017
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Lesson plans, activities and display ideas to support your teaching of black history

At 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.

Resources for younger learners

Begin to explore the beliefs and actions of Martin Luther King Jr. 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.

Resources for older students

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 maths workbook and check out this lesson, which takes a closer look at the media approach to the civil rights movement. 

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This post was originally published on 5 October 2015, and was refreshed on 30 January 2017.

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