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  • 8/14/2019 Black History Month WebQuest


    Black History Month

    African-American Heroes: A WebQuest


    Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events inthe history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the UnitedStates (US) and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in themonth of October.

    The remembrance was founded in 1926 by United States historian CarterG. Woodson as "Negro History Week". Woodson chose the second weekof February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans whogreatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans:former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and former slave

    Frederick Douglass. Woodson also founded the Association for the Studyof Negro Life and History, now the Association for the Study of AfricanAmerican Life and History.

  • 8/14/2019 Black History Month WebQuest


    Black History Month


    This activity will help you think about important contributions made by

    African-Americans to the US History.

    Because of time constraints and lab use, you will create a chart/collage

    that will illustrate how an African-American hero had a positive impact in

    life today in the United States. Then, you will share your findings with

    the class in a five-minute presentation.


    You will be divided in groups of three. Secondly, you will choose an

    African-American hero to work with. You have a 45-minute session in the

    lab to find information on the Web and one-week work to put it together

    for your five-minute presentation. Feel free to use our library resources if

    available in your site.

    Some of the questions you may answer to get information are:

    1. Who is/was your chosen African-American hero?

    2. What were some important events about his or her life?

    3. How did this "hero" impact American society positively?

    4. What is this "hero" remembered for?

    The day of your presentation, make sure you and your partners are

    prepared to explain the important aspects you were requested to search



    1. These Web-links will help you decide on prospective heroes youwant to search about:

    2. In this Web Portal you can find a number of links that can provideyou with different links to get biographical information aboutAfrican-American heroes:
  • 8/14/2019 Black History Month WebQuest


    Black History Month

    3. More information about African-American heroes can also be foundhere:


    The evaluation and grading of your work will be based on your group's

    chart and presentation. Group and individual work, originality, and

    deepness of your final work will be taken into account for your grade.


    Through this set of tasks, you will have learned about the importantcontributions African-Americans have made to American history in verydifferent fields. This learning will help you reflect on the "important"

    contributions people from different ethnic groups have also made to ourhistory.

    Celebrating "the Black History Month" is a way to pay tribute to thosewho have also made historical changes possible.