Suggestions for Using the Childhood Biographies

  1. Ask the students the following ( their answer can be oral or written):
    1. If they DO NOT know what the adult contributions of the subjects were—
      What did the experiences of their childhood prepared them for as adults?
    2. If they DO know what the adult contributions of the subjects were—
      How did their childhood experiences prepare them for it?
  2. Can you describe any similarities between the experiences you have had personally with those of the subjects?
  3. Can you describe the lessons you have personally experienced with those read in the biographies?

Students can submit illustrations or pages for postings.

Other suggestions on uses of these biographies will be appreciated.

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W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center
Attn: LL Dixon (biographies)
5501 Cleveland Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri 64130

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Childhood Lessons of Outstanding People
»Benjamin Banneker (1731–1806)
»Phillis Wheatley (1754?–1784)
»Sojourner Truth (1797?–1883)
»Frederick Douglass (1817? - 1895)
»Harriet Tubman (1820? - 1913)
»Booker T. Washington (1858? - 1915)
»Ida B. Wells (1862–1931)
»George Washington Carver (1864–1943)
»W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963)
»Mary McLeod Bethune (1875–1955)
»Paul Robeson (1898–1976)

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