African American History


African American History introduces students to some of the notable historical figures and events surrounding the history of African Americans. Students will discover and explain the influence of these great people and events on America.

This would be a great lesson to deliver in February during Black History Month. The “Options for Lesson” sections contains many other suggestions or ideas that you can add to the lesson or use as alternatives. One such suggestion is to have students choose an event or person to research and present the information they gathered to the class. Another option is to have students assume the role of an African American leader and “meet” with other leaders to discuss civil rights in America. You could conduct a debate on whether or not all people in America today are treated fairly and equally.

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What our African American History lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: African American History teaches students about some of the major events and key figures relating to the history of African Americans. Students will be able to identify these key figures and summarize important events. They will also be able to explain how such people and events influenced America and American society.

There are five pages of content in this lesson. Students will discover crucial pieces of history surrounding African Americans. They will learn about slavery and the concept of indentured servants. The government banned the import of slaves in 1808. However, they didn’t ban slavery officially until 1865 when the 13th Amendment was ratified.

Students will learn that even though the country got rid of slavery, African Americans still suffered greatly from segregation laws and racism for many years. Even today, racism is still a problem among many people.


For the activity, students will research three key historical figures or events that relate to African American history. They will create posters that depict the facts they gathered during their research. They should get creative and include drawings or images that support the people or events they chose to highlight. In addition to the titles of the events or names of people, they should include any important dates and other interesting facts. They can use the Internet to find additional support or images if necessary. You may have students work with a partner or in groups if you prefer.


The practice worksheet contains two sections. The first section requires students to match information to the correct person or term from the word bank on the right of the worksheet. There are 15 total statements or definitions to match. For the second section, students will describe how seven people, events, or things impacted U.S. history.


For the homework assignment, students must first read through 15 events. They will have to place these events in chronological order from earliest to most recent. Then they will answer five questions.

Additional information


5th Grade, 6th Grade


Social Studies

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.