SOL # 2.11, Contributions of Some Famous Americans, Civics

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The student will identify George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King, Jr., as Americans whose contributions improved the lives of other Americans.

History 2.1, 2.2. 2.3


Geography 2.4, 2.5


Economics 2.8, 2.9


Civics 2.11, 2.12


Prior Knowledge

Previous/Related SOL


Words and Definitions


History 1.2, 1.3

Contributions of-George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington Carver, and Eleanor Roosevelt

Discuss the lives of people associated with Presidents’ Day, Columbus Day, and the events of Independence Day (Fourth of July).

Related SOL~English 2.2
2.2   The student will expand understanding and use of word meanings.
e)   Use vocabulary from other content areas.


• contribution: The act of giving or doing something

George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Susan B. Anthony
equal rights
Helen Keller
Jackie Robinson
Martin Luther King, Jr.
peaceful marches
African American







Trade Books

· A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson   Holiday House


·  Abe Lincoln and the Muddy Pig

·  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

· George Washington: A Picture Book Biography

· Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark

· Meet George Washington

· What is Martin Luther King, Jr?

· Woodrow, the White House Mouse

· Young George Washington

· Young Martin Luther King, Jr.


· Susan B. Anthony


SMARTBoard Resources

Famous Americans Notebook

Famous Americans Review

Power Points:

Abraham Lincoln

Famous Americans

Famous Americans "Jeopardy"

Famous Americans "Jeopardy" 2

Internet Resources:

Martin Luther King, Jr

Helen Keller

George Washington

Abraham Lincoln

Susan B. Anthony

Jackie Robinson





Study Guides

VA DOE Resources

Study Guide 2.11





Session 1: Contributions of George Washington 
Session 2: Contributions of Abraham Lincoln 
Session 3: Contributions of Susan B. Anthony 
Session 4: Contributions of Helen Keller 
Session 5: Contributions of Jackie Robinson 
Session 6: Contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Session 7:Review















Instructional Strategies

Famous Americans Projects




Essential Understandings Essential Questions Essential Knowledge Essential Skills
Individuals in the past have worked successfully to improve the lives of other Americans in the United States.

How did George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King, Jr., help to improve the lives other Americans?Famous Americans and their contributions
•   George Washington: He led the fight for freedom from England and helped establish a new country.
•   Abraham Lincoln: He was the President of the United States who helped to free African American slaves.
•   Susan B. Anthony: She led the struggle to give women equal rights, including the right to vote.
•   Helen Keller: She overcame her disabilities and worked to help others who were blind and deaf.
•   Jackie Robinson: He was the first African American player in the major leagues of baseball. His actions helped to bring about other opportunities for African Americans.
•   Martin Luther King, Jr.: He was an African American minister who worked so that all people would be treated fairly. He led peaceful marches and gave speeches.
Collect, organize, and record information.

Gather, classify, and interpret information.

Compare and contrast different personalities and behaviors.

Explain cause-and-effect relationships.