Raz-Plus Resources for Black History Month

If you’re looking for leveled resources to include in your Black History Month curriculum, Raz-Plus has a variety of books that illustrate the significant impacts of African Americans in culture, science, art, and history.

All of these books are available in printable, digital, and projectable formats for increased access and flexibility. They feature historical figures and events, inventors, athletes and other African Americans who have helped shape the world we live in today.

Leveled Books

The Buffalo Soldiers

The Buffalo Soldiers

Level: Q, T, W
This multilevel text describes how an African-American Army regiment formed after the Civil War ended and how that regiment, known as the Buffalo Soldiers, continued to serve the United States until the Korean War.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Level: K, O, S
This biographical text follows the life of our first African-American President and describes how specific experiences shaped his career path. Also available in Spanish and French.

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

Level: L, O, R
As a botanist, chemist, and inventor, George Washington Carver overcame many struggles in the segregated South and dedicated his life to helping farmers.

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Level: S
This biography illustrates how Tubman escaped slavery and helped hundreds of other slaves escape to freedom. Also available in Spanish and French.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Level: M, P, S
As one of the most influential figures in American history, Martin Luther King Jr. led the Civil Rights Movement, and this book details the most critical events in his life.

Riding with Rosa Parks

Riding with Rosa Parks

Level: J
This historical fiction text is told from the perspective of a character who witnesses the bravery Rosa Parks displayed when she refused to give up her seat on the bus. Also available in Spanish and French.

Up From Slavery

Up From Slavery

Level: X
In Booker T. Washington’s autobiography, he narrates his life as a young child and how education empowered him to become a Civil Rights leader. Also available in Spanish and French.

Paired Books Lesson

Frederick Douglass: Forever Free, and The Tuskegee Airmen.

Frederick Douglass: Forever Free, and The Tuskegee Airmen.

Paired Books lessons encourage students to use higher-order thinking skills as they make comparisons across texts and analyze themes from multiple perspectives. With this paired books lesson, 4th grade students can learn more about how African Americans fought for racial equality in the United States by connecting ideas across two non-fiction texts and answering the question: "What were the similarities and differences between the challenges faced by Douglass and the Tuskegee Airmen regarding racial inequality?"

Additional Resources

Take your students on a virtual field trip to the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture: Learn More >

The History Channel has organized articles, videos, pictures, and speeches about Black History Month: Learn More >

Time Magazine’s kids’ edition, Time For Kids, has a host of resources that you can incorporate into your classroom: Learn More >


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