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Character Traits and People in Black History

Cynthia Lott
Colleges and Universities - Florida

Description

Students read a one-page biographical essay and write in paragraph form how an African American has demonstrated a certain character trait.

Objectives

The student organizes information before writing according to the type and purpose of writing.

The student knows significant historical leaders who have influenced the course of events in Eastern and Western civilizations since the Renaissance.

Materials

-Short biographies of African Americans (See Associated File)
-Character Education Traits (See Associated File))
-Writing Rubric (See Associated File))
-Internet and Display system such as an overhead projector or big screen TV
(Optional)

Preparations

1. Make an overhead or chart of character traits. (See Associated File.)
2. Make enough copies for students to have one biography of the five people. (See Associated File.)
3. Make overhead or copies of rubric. (See Associated File.)

Procedures

Allow 15 minutes to:

1. Introduce Character Traits using the attachment, Seven Character Traits in Education, on an overhead.

2. Define and give an example of each trait as presented on the attachment.

3. Give directions and model how to proceed writing a character sketch that consists of four paragraphs:

To model, make a web with the main idea being the name of the character. As an extension from the main idea, identify two of the seven character traits that apply to the person. Each extension of the main idea will contain one character trait. Within extension, leave space for examples of how the character demonstrated the character traits.

Find the examples by scanning the article again to locate how the character demonstrated the character traits. List examples in the extension below the character trait.

Paragraph 1. Introduction to include name of character, the main contribution of the person or why the person is noteworthy, the two character traits that helped the person contribute and why.

Paragraph 2. Specify in the paragraph an example of something the person did as part of the main contribution. Choose a character trait from the web extension that supports what was done and how the trait helped the person make the smaller contribution.

Paragraph 3. Include in the paragraph how the person demonstrated the second character trait and specify an example of something the person did as part of the main contribution. Using the second character trait from the web extension that supports what was done and how the trait helped the person make the second example and smaller contribution.

Paragraph 4. Paraphrase statement from the introduction paragraph that identified the person and his/her main contribution to history. Briefly state and summarize how the character traits were important in the person's major contribution to history.

Allow 30 minutes. Give the following directions to students:

4. Read one African American biography on one of the people. (See Associated File.)

5. Think about the character traits as you read the biography.

6. Create a character sketch web as demonstrated.

7. Follow the steps to create structure for your essay.

8. Write a four-paragrah essay identifying the character traits per example.

9. Review the writing rubric before students begin to write. (See Asociated File.) Remind students to organize their information and to write it according to the guidelines in the rubric provided in class.

10. Evaluate essay using the rubric.

Assessments

Assess student writing according to the rubric. (See Associated File.) Provide feedback and ample opportunity for students to revise and to rewrite if necessary.

Web Links

Web supplement for Character Traits and People in Black History
Bright Moments in Black History

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