You are here

Search form

A Patchwork of African-American History

Create and display a patchwork quilt of notable African Americans.

  • Obtain from the school or town library age-appropriate biographies of notable or influential African-Americans.
     
  • Assign, or ask students to choose, one of the biographies to read. Or, for a quicker lesson, have each student research a notable African American and read his or her biography online. You can find the names of possible research subjects and/or brief biographies at the sites below:
  • Provide students with drawing paper and invite each student to draw a picture based on a scene from the life of the person he or she read about.
     
  • Provide students with 3x5 index cards and have them write brief descriptions of their illustrated scenes and attach them to the bottom right corner of their drawings.
     
  • Mount each drawing on a larger sheet of colored paper and attach the drawings to the bulletin board to form a quilt. Use additional colored paper or crepe paper to create a border for the quilt. (With older students or a small class, you might use the drawings to create a timeline instead of a quilt.)
     
  • Title the bulletin board "A Patchwork of African-American History."
     
  • As a follow-up activity, you might invite students to visit one of the sites below to learn about African-American quilts:

MORE THEMES FOR THE MONTH

  • Groundhog Day
  • Winter Olympics
  • Superbowl
  • Presidents
  • George Washington
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Valentine's Day
  • Dental health
  • 100th Day

ED WORLD BULLETIN BOARD RESOURCES

MORE ED WORLD BULLETIN BOARD ARTICLES


Bulletin Board Tip of the Month

Do you have a bulletin board idea to share? Send your most successful bulletin board idea (with a sketch or photo, if possible) to [email protected]. If we use it, we'll send you an official Education World mug!
 

Education World®
Copyright © 2006 Education World

 

Updated: 02/11/2015