First, each student got an easy book about a famous African American to read, and a graphic organizer to fill out. The graphic organizer asked them for information about the person's birth and death, family, accomplishments, and interesting facts.
After finding all the required information, students then wrote a paragraph about their person. I provided a paragraph frame for those who struggle with writing. Then, they made and decorated a paper person, and wrote their paragraph inside the paper person's shirt.
The kids really had a blast with this, and the other teachers have not stopped complimenting! Here's what they look like:
Here's a video that tells you how to create your own paper people!