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Thurgood Marshall Biography Unit : Black History Month Activities

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This product is a mini unit on the life of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice. It is part of my Famous African-Americans mini biography series. It includes a biography, comprehension questions, vocabulary cards along with 15 different activities to choose from AND a Tic-Tac-Toe Choice Board. Great for Guided Reading, independent or small group work, reading response, or in a center. If you wish, students can use the activities to make a lap book. Great for Homeschool kids.


** Thurgood Marshall original biography – 669 words so it would be appropriate for advanced 2nd graders through 5th grade.

** Comprehension Question Cards for the included biography – great for literature circles!

** Vocabulary cards and matching definitions, and a vocabulary foldable

** Thurgood Marshall character foldable with an I Am Thurgood Marshall bio poem on the inside.

** Walk in my footsteps Thurgood Marshall – accordion book retelling/sequencing activity

** Thurgood Marshall bio graphic organizer

** Summarization Activity – Someone Wanted But So

** The Important Thing About Thurgood Marshall activity – determining importance. This activity is modeled after the book The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown

** Cause and Effect activity with graphic organizer

** I’ve Got to Hand It To You! Thurgood Marshall– activity where students write 5 accomplishments or character traits on the fingers of a hand. Great to cut out and display on a bulletin board.

** If I Were To Give Thurgood Marshall a Gift activity

** Venn Diagrams where students compare themselves to Thurgood Marshall. Includes boy and girl versions with and without lines.

** Design a Postage Stamp for Thurgood Marshall

** Blank Thurgood Marshall writing paper

** Thurgood Marshall Flip Book

** Fact and Opinion sort activity

** Newspaper Article

** Analyze a quote activity

** Tic- Tac-Toe choice board


  • Use in Guided Reading
  • Small Group
  • Independent Study



Black History Folding Fun and Graphic Organizers Women’s Edition.

Black History Folding Fun and Graphic Organizers Men’s Edition.

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