A WebQuest for High School Social Studies
Though we sometimes study influential women in history, African American women are frequently forgotten. Here you will discover and research some African American females you may have never heard of before. You are to choose someone from the preapproved list, then compose both a paper and a short presentation about her. The purpose of this study is to acknowledge African American women and their achievements.
By working in pairs or individually, you will study one African American woman from the preapproved list. After your research, you will present their accomplishments to the class, you will create a timeline, and you will conclude your project with a short paper to relate your findings.
To complete this task:
1. Pair up with another student that you wish to work with.
2. Choose a person from the list below:
Marian Anderson, opera singer http://www.afrovoices.com/anderson.html Maya Angelou, writer http://voices.cla.umn.edu/authors/MayaAngelou.html http://www.mayaangelou.com Grace Bumbry, opera singer http://www.stlouiswalkoffame.org/inductees/grace-bumbry.html Josephine Carson, entertainer and civil rights leader http://www.cmgww.com/stars/baker/bio.html
Dale Emeagwali, biologist http://www.emeagwali.com/dale/ http://www.emeagwali.com/dale/afro_american_1996.html
Evelyn Boyd Granville, first black woman to earn a Ph.D. http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/granvill.html http://www.princeton.edu/~mcbrown/display/granville.html Zora Neale Hurston, folklorist, anthropologist, author http://i.am/zora http://pages.prodigy.com/zora/index.htm Shirley Ann Jackson, Physicist http://www.asee.org/prism/nov99/html./profile.htm http://www.princeton.edu http://www.rensselaer.edu/dept/NewsComm/Magazine/March99/jackson.html
Barabara Jordan, congresswomen and educator http://www.elf.net/bjordan/ http://www.monroe.k12.fl.us/kls/BlackHistoryMonth/Barbarajordon/barbaracharlinejordon.htm
Ruth Ella Moore, bacteriologist http://www.princeton.edu/~mcbrown/display/ruth_moore.html
Toni Morrison, writer http://search.biography.com/print_record.pl?id=17827 Madam C.J. Walker, first black female millionaire http://www.madamecjwalker.com http://www.princeton.edu/~mcbrown/display/walker.html3. Research your woman through the above links and gain a clear understanding of her life. Look at her significant accomplishments both personally and professionally. Gain a greater understanding of your woman's place in history.
4. Create a dual timeline: On the top half of the timeline, include significant events that were going on in the world at the time she lived. On the bottom half, create a timeline for her life. The purpose is to relate the significance of her accomplishments to the time she was alive
5. Create a 10 minute presentation based on your person's life. You may split the time with your partner. The focus of this should be to describe what made your particular female an outstanding person. Include dates of birth and death as well as dates of her professional accomplishments. Relate the significance of her achievements to the class. Any other interesting information you wish to share about the woman you chose in your presentation is welcome
6. Individually, write a paper that is
2 - 3 pages in length explaining your personal connection to your woman.
Do you have anything in common? What motivated your woman to excel
or what did she have to overcome? Do you share the same things? What
did you learn about your woman? How significant are her accomplishments?
This is how you will be graded. Remember the time line and presentation are group grades and the paper is an individual grade.
This assignment is meant to bring greater
understanding of the accomplishments of African American women in many
different areas. These women are sometimes forgotten and, by doing
this assignment, we hope to both inspire others and eliminate stereotypes.
This will serve as a way to give these significant females recognition
for their accomplishments.
Credits & References
Pictures are from: http://www.cobblestonepub.com/,
http://www.digital.nypl.org/schomburg/ and http://teachpol.tcnj.edu/amer_pol_hist/.