Bio: Mahalia Jackson

National African American History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. --History Channel

For this lesson, you will research the life of Mahalia Jackson. You will complete each activity in Google Docs, drop your individual activities in a Google Folder, and through Google Forms, share your Google Folder URL with me through My Connect. Be sure to change your share settings to "Anyone with Link."

By Mrs. Garrison
January 21, 2016
8th Grade History

Writing Prompt

Copy and paste the prompt into a Google Doc. Mark the prompt by rewriting questions into statements and use one color highlighter to identify the verbs and another to identify what the verbs ask you to do. Write the sources and the audience under the prompt. Then, create a Reading & Writing Plan. Write the verbs in order and use the outline to take notes on the sources.

Who is Mahalia Jackson? What is she known for? Describe the adversity Mahalia Jackson had to overcome in her life. Name two character qualities that helped her rise above her challenges. Use evidence from her life to support your ideas. Evaluate the impact her life has had on American history, and explain why Mahalia Jackson's life should be celebrated and/or recognized.

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8th Grade Literacy Standards in History/Social Studies

This lesson teaches the following grade level appropriate state literacy standards. The cubes provide an abbreviation of the standard name and reference number. Click Add to My Lesson Plans to make a copy of the lesson. Making a copy will allow you to update any information including the literacy standards.

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis reflection, and research.
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