Whether it’s Black History month or not, use these Black History writing prompts to engage students in learning about interesting topics and people who have influenced our world and culture.
Important dates in Black History:
- January 18, 2021 (third Monday in January) – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day aka King holiday
- February – Black History Month
- February 12 – Abraham Lincoln’s birthday
- February 15, 2021 (third Monday in February) – Presidents’ Day
- February 20 – Frederick Douglass’ birthday
- February 22 – George Washington’s birthday
Black History Month is celebrated during the month of February. Whether it’s February or not, use these writing prompts to engage students in learning about interesting topics and people who have influenced our world and culture. These can be used as research topics as well.
12 Black History Month Writing Prompts
The Writing Prompts sheet includes in PDF format:
List of 12 thought-provoking writing prompts.
Here is the writing prompts your student will have to choose from:
1. If I could meet any influential African American person who would I choose and why?
2. If I could have lunch with Rosa Parks, what would I ask her and where would we eat?
3. Why is Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech, “I Have a Dream”, still so important?
4. Choose any influential African American who has contributed to history. How would society be if that person had not lived?
5. What was George Washington Carver known for?
6. Describe the trials and tributes of the Little Rock Nine.
7. What is an abolitionist? What was life like for them during the time of slavery?
8. Why did some people support slavery?
9. Describe what the Underground Railroad was and how it worked.
10. Choose a famous quote from an influential African American. Share the significance and what it means to you.
11. Think about inventions made by African Americans. Choose two. How have they changed our world?
12. The African American community has given us some very talented authors. Choose one and give a brief description of their life and work.
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Movies to Watch to accompany this study:
- Martin Luther King, Jr: MLK
- Rosa Parks: Rosa Parks
- George Washington Carver: His Life and Work
- Little Rock Nine: Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later
- Harriet Tubman: Harriet
- Slavery: 5 Kid-Appropriate Slavery Documentaries
- Segregation: 10 Segregation Movies
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- Civil rights: 5 Civil Rights Documentaries to Watch Today!
- African American experience: 30 Movies on Netflix About the African-American Experience
- Black Women: 10 Black Women in History
- Racism: 9 Kids Black History Movies on Netflix
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