Benjamin Banneker


This lesson uses Banneker’s biography to describe life in the early colonial period, the struggle for freedom by African-Americans, and how others can positively influence a person’s life. Banneker is an inspiring and heroic figure that students will enjoy meeting in this lesson!

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Introduce your students to Benjamin Banneker with this lesson plan. Through historical analysis, they will explore his significance and better understand the times he lived in. By looking at his ideas, culture, and perspectives, they can explain present-day events. This is a great way to engage your students in active learning and get them thinking critically about history.

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4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


Biography, Social Studies

State Educational Standards

NCSS.D2.HIS.4.6-8, NCSS.D2.HIS.3.6-8, & NSSS.D2.HIS.14.3-5

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.