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Celebrate Black History Month with Flocabulary

Each February, we observe Black History Month to remember important people and events in black history. Black history relates to all citizens and our shared backgrounds as Americans. Use these Flocabulary resources to honor black history in your curriculum—not just for the month, but all year long.

To ensure these stories are widely available, we’ve made these units free for the month of February.

Our First Student-Created Rap

In February of 2019, Flocabulary held a nation-wide contest calling for students to write and perform raps about an important figure in Black History. The winner was flown to our music studio in New York City to participate in the creation of a song and music video about their person. Our winner ended up writing the lyrics and rapping the song himself, which was beyond what we had ever imagined!

Learn more, and read our Q&A with winner Jaden, and check out his rap about John Lewis.

Teach about Prominent Figures & Events

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More Black History Month Resources

Write About Your Dream activity

Students listen to and read MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech, then write original raps about their own dreams for the world using quotations from King’s speech and their own figurative language.

Write from Ruby’s Point of View

Students explore the story of how Ruby Bridges changed history, and learn about and discuss Ruby’s courage and determination in the face of obstacles. They’ll then write a page from Ruby’s journal from her perspective and compare and contrast Ruby’s story told from first and third person points of view.

Voting Rights, Then & Now

After studying the Selma March and the case of Shelby County v. Holder, students will discuss how current events can be seen as examples of continuity and change with regard to voting rights and write and perform a rap or skit that depicts the Supreme Court case in its historical context

Students Teach the Civil Rights Movement

Use this lesson along with our video about the Civil Rights Movement to deepen students’ understanding of key events in black history while building their skills interpreting and explaining events in a style appropriate to a certain audience.

“I Have a Dream” Speech Analysis

This lesson plan allows students to review literary terms, rhetorical devices and figurative language with a scavenger hunt through “I Have a Dream” speech. Then you can have students discuss or write about the speech using the literary terminology.