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365 Days of African American History



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


  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Students create a daily calendar of events in African American history.



  • create or modify a calendar template,
  • research events in African American history,
  • write one event for each day of the year on a calendar.


African American, history, calendar, events, time line

Materials Needed

  • different colored construction paper or tagboard (at least 9 inches by 12 inches) or copies of printouts from calendar templates on a computer software program
  • markers or pens
  • ruler
  • computers with Internet access or printouts from one or more of the sites noted in the lesson
  • paper

Lesson Plan

Prior to the lesson, make calendar templates on construction paper or tagboard using a ruler and markers or pens. Or make copies of printouts of calendar templates from any computer software calendar program you might have.

  • Briefly discuss the purpose of Black History Month. Explain that events in African American history occur each day of the year.
  • Tell students that they are going to create a calendar of daily events in black history.
  • Divide the class into 12 groups. Assign each group one month of the year.
  • Distribute the calendar templates. Have each group search for events in black history for each day of their assigned month using the sites suggested below. If Internet access is not available to everyone, print out pages from the sites.
    The African American Registry
    Today in Black History
    Black Facts Online (search for daily events)
    The Black Black History Calendar
    African American - Black History Facts
  • Have students write in one event for each day on their calendars. Post the completed calendars in the classroom.

Extension: Use the students' research to create a daily "Today in Black History" chart for your classroom. On a rotating basis, have students write a new event each day on the chart.


Evaluate students' calendars.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis


Last updated 1/11/2017