Compare and contrast the lives of two influential Black American lawmakers in this cut-and-sort activity.
Politicians and Women of Black History Month
Students will read about 8 moments in the lives of equal rights advocates and Black American legislators Shirley Chisholm and Carol Moseley Braun at the bottom of the worksheet. Then, they’ll cut out each fact and paste it in the appropriate column to attribute it to the correct figure.
By completing this activity, students will use their knowledge of historical figures to identify their particular contributions to history.
Scaffolding + Extension Tips
Use this worksheet as independent practice after a lesson. To use it as a whole class activity, simply project the worksheet on a dry-erase board and work through the questions together.
For individual student work time, use this worksheet as a:
Students who need more of a challenge can list other facts they know about both historical figures, using your lesson or other informational text as a reference. Encourage them to consider how their lives differed and how they were similar, though they represented different states and different areas of government.
Support students who are struggling with the concepts by providing them with references (previous lessons, worksheets, etc.) for where the information about each person can be found.
How To Prepare This Resource
Please note this teaching resource will download as a black and white PDF. An answer key is also included.
Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.
Make this activity sustainable by projecting the worksheet and working through it as a class on your whiteboard.
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