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Multiple Intelligence Projects
Talkin' AboutBessie
Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
illustrated by E.B. Lewis
OrchardBooks/Scholastic, 2002
ISBN: 0439-35243-6
Verbal / Linguistic Glean information from the text to write a newspaper article, obituary, elegy, or opinion piece based on the life of Bessie Coleman. Be sure all material is accurate and reflects the time period it portrays.
Logical /Mathematical Using the text for examples, fill out the character map on the next page about Bessie Coleman.
Visual /Spatial Create a piece of art inspired by the life of Bessie Coleman. Any media or form is valid, as long as you explain your choice in the brief journal that must be turned in with the art. Impress.
Body / Kinesthetic In pairs, act out the scene of dialogue you wrote for the comprehension guide. Be sure to practice before your performance and be respectful to the characters you represent. Costumes are optional, but memorization is not.
Musical /Rhythmic

Listen to the music that was popular in Chicago during the time Bessie moved there. Explore the history of early jazz on this website, too. Then, write a brief journal about how you think music changes over time, and why each generation seems to define itself by the music they listen to. How will your generation be remembered?

Group Project
In groups of no more than four, assign the following topics to students:

Jim Crow laws
Early aviation
Ida B. Wells
Madame C.J. Walker
Mary Church Terrell
Booker T. Washington
Paul Lawrence Dunbar
Chicago Defender

Students must create: a pamphlet describing the information about the topic, divided into sub-headings that are specific to, and pertinent to their subject. Also, a poster highlighting the main ideas of the pamphlet and featuring full color illustrations or pictures must be completed.
Intrapersonal After the group assignment, each member must turn in a short journal about what they contributed to the project, and what they learned about working in a group. Also, a brief summary of what they learned about perseverance through reading about Ms. Coleman.
Teacher's Guide prepared by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer. Visit her website by clicking here.

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