WEIRTON - Over the last few weeks, some of the students at Weirton Heights Elementary have been putting together projects in observance of Black History Month while also preparing for the state's writing assessment test.
On Thursday those students, all part of Angela Glyptis' reading class, presented their projects to classmates and family members.
Glyptis explained each student was asked to select an influential African American historical figure. She provided a list of questions, and the students used a laptop computer to research their selected person to find a variety of facts about their lives.
BLACK HISTORY PROJECTS PRESENTED — Students from Angela Glyptis’ reading class at Weirton Heights Elementary presented their projects in honor of Black History Month on Thursday. The projects, in which the students independently researched famous African American historical figures, also served as preparation for the state’s writing assessment. -- Craig Howell
"They did all the research on their own," Glyptis explained.
Each presentation included the facts discovered about the historical figure, a timeline with four important dates in their lives and a map with four locations significant to the historical figure's life.
"They did this for three weeks, and worked so hard," she said. "They're excited to show it."
Some of the selected historical figures included baseball hall of famer Jackie Robinson, President Barack Obama, civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., educator and scientist George Washington Carver, abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman, basketball hall of famer Michael Jordan, civil rights activist Rosa Parks and basketball player LeBron James.
In addition to the projects, the students wrote short essays and then put them through a peer review process as part of preparations for the state's writing assessment test, which will take place in April.
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