This activity can be done as a quiz, a contest or a worksheet. If you wish to give a list of possible answers, you can, but that is not required.
William Still, Frederick Douglass, Ira Aldridge, Benjamin Banneker, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Eubie Blake, Harriet Tubman,Thurgood Marshall, Matthew Henson, Henry Highland Garnet
1. I am a conductor on the Underground Railroad, a nurse and a spy, I made 19 trips into the deep south, freeing over 300 slaves. Some people call me the Moses of my people. Who am I?
2. I am an abolitionist. I publish a newspaper in Rochester, N.Y. called "The North Star". I have held government positions such as Solicitor General, Recorder of Deeds and Minister to Haiti.Who am I?
3. I made the first wooden striking clock to be completely manufactured in the U.S. I helped plan the city Washington D.C. I published an almanac that gave the exact locations for the stars and planets. Who am I?
4. I ran away from home and became a sailor. I helped Commadore Peary chart the Nicaraguan jungle. I was the first man in the world to reach the North pole. Who am I?
5. I am the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Before I was appointed to the Supreme Court, I served as Linda Brown's lawyer in the court case Brown vs. the Board of Education. Who am I?
6. I am a leading shakespearean actor. However, I have never been seen on the stage in the United States. Who am I?
7. I am a composer and a songwriter. I've had two hit shows on Broadway, one of which is "Bublin' Brown Sugar." With my partner, Noble Sissle, I had another Broadway hit, "Shuffle Along." Who am I?
8. I am an abolitionist and a diplomat. I want African-Americans' motto to be "resistance." I am the first African-American minister to Liberia. Who am I?
9. I am a political activist, an abolitionist and the author of Sketches of Southern Life. I am the leading African-American poet of my day. Who am I?
10. I am an abolitonist. My house was a stop on the Underground Railroad. I helped almost 700 slaves to freedom. I interviewed slaves and wrote a book to publish them called The Underground Railroad. Who am I?
The Great Rap Attack
The Challange: To create a rap about the life of a famous African-American Marylander.
The Prize: A Certificate
The Presentation: The top 4 raps (Grand Prize, 1st, 2nd, 3rd) will be presented.
F.E.W.Harper wrote poetry based on the issues that affected society during
her lifetime. Write a poem describing an issue that affects society nom.
Create a mobile -illustrating the facts in this web site- using 3x5 flash cards, yarn crayons and a coat hanger. Hang the cards you have drawn from the coat hanger.
Sponsor a school-wide door decorating contest. The theme is Maryland's African-American Heritage. Students can use quotes and pictures.
Students draw portraits and write a brief description of the person whom they are honoring. Display and hold a tour of the exhibit.
James Amos Porter is giving an exhibit at a local art museum. Draw a poster advertising this exhibit. Include the following items: who, when where, costs, whats' happening.
Playing with Facts
Post pictures of famous African-American Marylanders. Number the pictures. Have students write down who they think each person is. Discuss the answers with students and describe each person's life.
Great Facts about Blacks
(Give students a copy of this month's canendar)
Divide the students into four teams, one for each week of the month. Number the groups. The group number corresponds with the week of the month. Challenge each group to come up with 5 positive facts about Maryland's African-American Heritage and to present one each day of their week.
Nice to Meet you
Have students learn about Maryland's famous African-Americans by filling in this simple name tag.
Get to Know Me
Use the biography and quotation section to fill in this form.
Bet You Don't Know!
Make up questions and answers about Maryland's African-American Heritage.
ex. Which famous African-American Marylander was once a Minister to Haiti?(Frederick Douglass)
Pick teams and ask each team questions for 10 min. The team who answers the most questions correctly wins!
There are several free resources for teachers to find prizes to give students. The only price is shipping and handling.
Boy's or Girl's Silver Bracelet For big contest, this bracelet is a perfect prize. It is eight inches in diameter with a bar and ring clasp. The large, oval links complement any outfit. To order, send two dollars for shipping and handling to Jolene Brown, P. O. Box 842, Beatty, NV. 89003.
Student Reward Value Pack This variety pack of prizes is an assortment of jigsaw puzzles, mini coloring books, pencil tops, erasers, and stickers. Every request yields 20 prizes. To order, send two dollars for shipping and handling to Surprises All sizes #115, 12 W. Willow Grove Ave., Philadelphia, PA. 19118.
Awards and Achievement Stickers These half inch round stickers are perfect for papers. For just one dollar (shipping and handling), you will receive 200 colorful stickers. The perfect reward for a great assignment. To order, send one dollar toThe Very Best, P.O. Box 2838. Department TR, Long Beach, CA. 90801.
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