The Life Story of Bessie Coleman Biography Unit
Your students will love learning about one of the most inspirational African-American women of all time. Bessie Coleman was one of the bravest and most beloved pilots in our nation's history.
This biography unit has it all! There are a variety of activities for you to teach about Bessie Coleman's life story. This could be a week-long unit or as short as a day or two, depending on time allotted and the needs of your students. There are several ways to use this unit to differentiate for students.
✔Meet Bessie Coleman
✔Life Story with Scenes & Questions
✔Fact or Fiction Activity
✔Character Mini-Booklet w/Timeline--fits perfectly inside their notebooks!
✔Character Traits Activity
✔Vocabulary Posters for important character traits:
Courageous, Ambitious, Determined
Have students read the passages about where they will meet Bessie Coleman and learn all about her life. It starts with her as a young girl and it continues through her death. The articles are written with questions and scenes for students to connect and color. There’s also a custom-created Bessie Coleman organizer to use for review or for further research.
Suggestions and Ideas for four different centers:
✔Have students read the Meet Bessie Coleman passage OR Life Story passages with scenes and questions. Then answer the questions on the biography organizers.
✔Have students complete the character mini-booklet with timeline dates. These fit nicely inside their notebooks.
✔Have students complete the quote activity & writing prompt(s).
✔Have students complete the character traits activity using the vocabulary posters as a guide and then complete the Venn diagram to compare Bessie to themselves.
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