Review our profile on Congresswoman and first Black presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm, and answer questions to reinforce understanding.
What Did Shirley Chisholm Fight for?
Celebrate Black History Month in your classroom with this reading exercise about the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress!
Introduce your students to “Fighting Shirley,” a defender of racial and gender equality, educator, and 7-term U.S. House of Representatives member. In addition to her many accomplishments, in 1972, Chisholm challenged the establishment to become the first-ever African American to seek nomination for president on the Democratic ticket. This resource is designed to fill your students’ brains with Shirley Chisholm facts and information!
In this 2-page worksheet, students will read an informational passage about Shirley Chisholm. They’ll practice word recognition, decode unknown words and phrases through context clues, and answer 4 reading comprehension questions to confirm they grasp Chisholm’s legacy.
An answer key is included with this resource for easy grading.
Ways to Use This Reading Comprehension Activity
This download is more than a worksheet!
In addition to being an inspiring figure to study during Black History Month and Women’s History Month, use this worksheet as a:
- Fast finisher activity
- Reading center activity
- Post-lesson exit ticket
- Homework assignment
- Whole-class review (via smartboard)
Sustainability Tips: Print on cardstock and slip the pages into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse them. You can also project the worksheet and work through it as a class, having students record their answers in their notebooks.
Before You Download
Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the Google Slides version, full-color PDF, or black and white PDF. Depending on your lesson, you can also opt to:
- Print the poster on tabloid paper and display it as a poster in your classroom during Black History Month.
- Print the poster and comprehension questions on letter-size paper for your students to use independently.
- Download the Google Slides version, print it as in-class worksheets, or assign it virtually to your remote learning students.
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Craft an illustrated timeline for students to explore politically significant moments of the last 3 centuries.
Review and complete the defining details of 6 revered Black icons and match their images with each completed biography.