It’s Black History Month and as a social studies teacher you probably have so much other content to cover that you are scrambling to incorporate something related to this important month. Your students might be worn out from MAP tests, ACCESS for ELLs or maybe they just took the Constitution test. That means it’s time for something fun and inspiring for both you and your students. Inspiring bell ringer journal prompts are perfect for black history month and for this time of year.

Who Is In The Prompts?

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This idea just came to me mid January, so I didn’t have time to create all of the prompts yet. By the end of February I will have 19 total inspiring journal prompts for black history month (available in Spanish, too) which will include historical figures, athletes, women in STEM, politicians, and authors. The reason I chose 19 is to ensure there is one prompt for every school day in February. Even if you don’t use all of them, your students can choose the ones they like, and students always love having a say in what they work on.

inspiring journal prompts for black history month

There are so many people whom you can incorporate when teaching about black history, but I tried to choose a variety of people who are well known and some unsung heroes. I also chose a variety of historical figures and figures who are prominent today. I wanted to make sure they were all people who inspire kids and motivate them to make a positive impact on the world.

The Purpose of the Prompts

With so many negative influences on social media and tragic events around the world, kids need role models and inspiration more than ever! The prompts are meant to provide both background knowledge about the people in black history and get students to think on a deeper level about how they can take action in their own life or help to improve others’ lives.

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How to Use the Prompts

Let’s talk about how to use the prompts. Being that every classroom is diverse I thought about how students with different abilities and backgrounds can use these journal prompts.

I provide ideas on how to use these prompts with advanced or gifted students, English language learners and special education students.

I also provide ideas on how to use these prompts in 5 minutes, 10 minutes or 20 minutes. Every inspiring journal prompt has a quote, information about a key person in black history, and two journal prompt questions.

You can have students work on these prompts independently. They can simply read the quote and write a response for a 5 minute option.

They can read the quote and text for a 10 minute option or you could have a group discussion, do a vocabulary activity and then respond to the prompt for a 20 minute option.

Can you think of any other ideas for how to use this prompt? Let me know in the comments. 🙂