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.
Black History Month Rap Contest
Every February, Flocabulary hosts a student rap contest in honor of Black History Month. Students will select a significant Black historical figure to write a rap about. The winning students will have their lyrics turned into a Flocab lesson! This contest is the perfect opportunity to empower student voice and creation and have them see themselves in what they’re learning.
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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Black History Month Activities and Lessons
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
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. Have students write and perform a rap or skit that depicts the Supreme Court case in its historical context.
Students Teach the Civil Rights Movement
Use the Civil Rights Movement lesson to deepen students’ understanding of key events in Black history while building their skills in interpreting and explaining events in a style that’s 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.