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Famous African Americans ABC Book



  • Language Arts
  • U.S. History


  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Help students create an ABC book with short biographies of famous African Americans in history.



  • define the word biography,
  • learn about famous African Americans in history,
  • use the letters of the alphabet to create an ABC book about famous African Americans.


African Americans, famous, ABC book, history

Materials Needed

  • teacher-selected and/or student-researched library sources about African Americans in history
  • list of credible historical websites
  • construction or drawing paper
  • drawing materials, such as markers or crayons
  • pens or pencils

Lesson Plan

Suggestion: You may want to complete this activity in two lessons.

Lesson 1

  • Ask students to name some famous African Americans they have studied.
  • Read aloud to students background information about some famous African Americans in history from library/internet sources.
  • Discuss the meaning of the word biography. Tell students that each person will create a one-page biography for a class ABC book about famous African Americans in history.
  • Assign each student one famous African American. Have students check library sources or refer them to credible sites for information about African Americans.

Lesson 2

  • Distribute construction or drawing paper and drawing materials.
  • Have each younger student draw a picture of the assigned person and write a few words about the person under the picture. Have each older student draw the person and write several paragraphs about the person under the picture.
  • When all the pages are finished, arrange them in ABC order. Have students brainstorm a title for the book and a design for the cover.

Variation: Focus the book on a specific theme in black history; for example, create an ABC book about African American leaders, scientists, writers, or famous women.


Evaluate each student's contribution to the book.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis


Links last updated 1/10/2017