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Fabulous Firsts in African American History



  • Language Arts
  • Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • U.S. History


  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Students learn fascinating firsts and facts and answer questions about African American history.


Students demonstrate abilities to research information about African American history using Internet or library sources. Students use the information to correctly complete a work sheet about African American history.


African American, history, facts

Materials Needed

Lesson Plan

Note: The resource used in this lesson is no longer live on the Web. The link below will take you to an archived/cached copy of the page as it appeared when it was live. This page, while it might load a bit more slowly than a normal Web page, is good to print out for student use. Or you might instruct students to use library resources instead of the African-American Firsts Web page.

Provide each student with a copy of the Education World work sheet Fabulous Firsts in African American History and copies of printouts from African American Firsts (alternate source).

Variation for younger students: Work together as a class to complete the work sheet.
Variation for older students: Organize students into small groups. Tell students they must use print sources only -- for example, library books, magazines, or textbooks -- to find the answers to the questions on the work sheet.


Evaluate students' work sheet answers.


1. Freedom's Journal; 2. Maggie Lena Walker; 3. Vermont; 4. Nat King Cole; 5. William, son of Antoney and Isabell; 6. Henry Blair; 7. Charles Cooper, "Sweetwater" Nat Clifton; 8. DeHart Hubbard; 9. Jupiter Hammon; 10. Hattie McDaniel; 11. Guion Steward Bluford Jr.; 12. Washington, D.C.; 13. Dr. Daniel Hale Williams; 14. Chicago, Illinois; 15. Ralph J. Bunche.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis


Last updated 12/30/2014