Black History Month Project


In 1976, President Ford created the African-American history month in order to honor the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans to American history.  To celebrate, we will be doing a project that can boost your grade through a presentation of an African-American author and their works.  The goal is to educate your classmates on the author, their works, and to read as much of the works that author wrote as possible.



Learning Targets:

  • I can comprehend and use many genres of literature.
  • I can evaluate and choose appropriate and sufficient facts and definitions appropriate to audience's knowledge of a topic.
  • I can gather relevant information from multiple relevant and appropriate print and digital sources.
  • I can assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of task, purpose, and audience.

Overview of Task:

Choose from one of the following African-American authors and research his/her history, works of literature, themes, and influence on American literature.  

  • Toni Morrison
  • Maya Angelou
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Langston Hughes
  • Frederick Douglass

Project Options:

Choose from one of the following project options to share your knowledge of your chosen author.  Remember this project will be presented to the class.  Be sure to use proper conventions, as well as, neat and easy to read and understand.

  • Powerpoint with at least 5 slides (must include author's name/title of works/graphics/explanations)
  • Tri-fold board (must include author's name/title of works/graphics/explanations)
  • Reflective essay (must include author's name/title of works/graphics/explanations)
  • Original poem (must include thematic elements from author that you chose/author/title of works/graphics)
  • Diorama (must include author's name/title of works/graphics/explanations)


Everyone will present project to the class.  It must be 3-5 minutes long. 



February 14th:  Conference with teacher on progress.  Must have rough drafts/notes/etc.

February 22nd:  Conference with teacher on progress.  Must have drafts/notes/etc.

February 28th:  Presentation of projects.  (DUE THIS DAY!)


Grade:_____________/50 points

Grading Information:   

  • Who the author is and when and where they were born.         5 4 3 2 1

  • Their major and minor works.                                                   5 4 3 2 1

  • The author’s contribution to literature                                       5 4 3 2 1

  • What were their works focusing on, theme?                             5 4 3 2 1

  • What I learned…                                                                       5 4 3 2 1



  • Everyone speaks clearly                                                          5 4 3 2 1

  • The presentation is 3-5 mins.                                                  5 4 3 2 1

  • If you use a Powerpoint, must have 5 slides                           5 4 3 2 1

  • Presentation is creative and interesting                                  5 4 3 2 1

  • Group is organized and prepared                                           5 4 3 2 1

* Extra Credit: Extra credit will be awarded (up to 10 points) for groups that dress nicely to present. This means: Boys in button-down shirts and khakis/dark jeans, and girls in skirts, dresses, or dress pants.






Choose one of the projects presented, take notes, then write a reflection addressing the following:

1) the name of the presenter

2) the author/works

3) why you chose this particular presentation

4) two facts that you learned about this author 

5) explain how this author influenced literature in the United States.

Teacher Page

project created by Reagan Dasher, ELA teacher 

webquest created by Teresa Carpenter, M.Ed. ESOL teacher