Review our profile on civil rights activist Amelia Boynton and answer questions to reinforce understanding.
Introduce Your Students to Amelia Boynton
Celebrate Black History Month in your classroom with this reading exercise about lifelong civil rights activist Amelia Boyton.
In 1964, Boynton became Alabama’s first Black woman candidate for Congress and the first woman of any race to run for the Democratic ticket in the state. Amongst her many accomplishments, she also helped organize the historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery to protest segregation and the disenfranchisement of Black people.
In this 2-page worksheet, students will read an informational passage about Boyton, where they’ll practice word recognition and decode unknown words and phrases through context clues. Then they’ll answer 6 reading comprehension questions to confirm they grasp Amelia Boynton’s many accomplishments.
An answer key is included with this resource for easy grading.
Ways to Use This Reading Comprehension Activity
This download is more than a worksheet!
In addition to being an inspiring historical figure to study during Black History Month and Women’s History Month, use this worksheet as a:
- Fast finisher activity
- Reading center activity
- Post-lesson exit ticket
- Homework assignment
- Whole-class review (via smartboard)
Sustainability Tips: Print on cardstock and slip the pages into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse. You can also project the worksheet and work through it as a class, having students record their answers in their notebooks.
Before You Download
Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the Google Slides version, full-color PDF, or black and white PDF. Depending on your lesson, you can also opt to:
- Print the poster on tabloid paper and display it as a poster in your classroom during Black History Month.
- Print the poster and comprehension questions on letter-size paper for your students to use independently.
- Download the Google Slides version and print it as in-class worksheets or assign it virtually to your remote learning students.
An answer key is also included with this download.
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