Today's snack: Since we're talking about heroes, let's make
a HERO sandwich. Take a hoagie bun or slice a small loaf of Italian bread
lengthwise. Put a "bed" of shredded or torn-up lettuce on the bottom. Line with
at least two types of sandwich meat: ham, turkey, prosciutto, pepperoni,
salami, whatever you like. Add slices of cheese: American, provolone, Swiss,
cheddar, or whatever. Top with a few roasted peppers, sliced onion, chopped
onion, chopped pickle, a few jalapenos - and with a dash of vinegar and a
dribble of olive oil. What makes this a HERO sandwich is that your MOUTH has to
open HEROICALLY big to eat it!
Have fun and
mark the accomplishments of African-Americans with this simple game. Here are
photos and vignettes about 10 famous black Americans. Print out two copies for
each student, on cardstock if it's possible, and then cut each face into
equal-sized squares. If you're using paper, then tape the pictures onto
cardstock squares so that the photos aren't the least bit visible from the
back. Cut them apart into individual squares the same size - two for each hero.
Shuffle these 20 cards so that
they're not next to each other. Lay them out in four rows, five cards in each
row, face down, and play a little game of "Memory." You turn one face over, try
to remember where the matching face is, and turn over one other card. If it
matches, remove them from the game and keep both. Keep going until you miss. If
the second card you turn over doesn't match, it's the other person's turn.
Whoever has the most matches wins
the game. Which is what we all hope African-Americans do in their continuing
quest for equality and liberty: WIN!
You can add more heroes to the game. Google for
images of these heroes: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jackie Robinson, Louis
Armstrong, Crispus Attucks, James Baldwin, Shirley Chisholm, Frederick
Douglass, Dr. Charles R. Drew, Mae C. Jemison, Scott Joplin, Barbara Jordan,
Thurgood Marshall, Jesse Owens, Dred Scott, Sojourner Truth and Ella Fitzgerald
. . . and on and on and on.
Students can learn more about these and other famous
black Americans, in sources such as this listing in the African American Web
Founded the National Association
for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP)
First black with a Harvard Ph.D.
Helped free hundreds of slaves
through the "Underground Railway"
Booker T. Washington
Orator, professor, writer
Believed education was the road
to racial equality.
Dr. Ben Carson
Separated Siamese twins
20 honorary doctorates
Author, "The Bluest Eye," "Beloved"
Won the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer
Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
Talk show hostess, actress,
World's most influential woman
World's only black billionaire
George Washington Carver
1865(?) - 1943
Agricultural chemist and inventor
Amazing range of applications for
peanuts, adhesives, dyes
Civil rights activist
Refused to give up bus seat to a
white man in 1955 in Montgomery,
ensuing furor helped end racial segregation