Black History Month reading comprehension

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Contributor: Teachit Author
Black History Month reading comprehension
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Topical and seasonal: Festivals and celebrations
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This differentiated resource supports children's understanding of the origins of Black History Month, the reasons behind it, the ways in which we celebrate it and the Black Lives Matter movement. The text comes with two sets of questions (A and B) and extension questions to challenge children's thinking. Children will need to employ both their information retrieval and their inference skills. 

The first set of questions (A) would be suitable for year 4 and the second (B) for years 5 and 6. Answers are included. 

An extract from the resource:

Celebrated annually in October, Black History Month originated in the United States of America. It is a month dedicated to celebrating the achievements of black communities and for recognising how important black people have been in the history of the USA.

Did You Know?

Black History Month was originally recognised in 1976 by President Gerald Ford. He told all Americans that they should make the most of Black History Month as a chance to honour the things that black Americans had achieved and the things that they had done for society throughout history.


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