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Bessie Coleman: First Female Black Pilot

Portrait of Bessie Coleman by artist Amelie Chabannes.

Grade Level Grades 6-12
Resource Type Activity, Handout

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Explore how Bessie Coleman became the first female black pilot and the first African American to hold an international license to fly in this digital short from Unladylike2020. Using video, discussion questions, vocabulary, and a classroom activity, students learn how Coleman achieved her dream of flying during the era of Jim Crow—a time when it seemed impossible—and laid the groundwork for future African American pilots.

Sensitive: This resource contains material that may be sensitive for some students. Teachers should exercise discretion in evaluating whether this resource is suitable for their class.

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Bessie Coleman Lesson Plan.pdf

Activity
May 21, 2021
1.3 MB
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Bessie Coleman Flies in Houston.pdf

Handout
May 14, 2021
0.7 MB
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Negro Aviatrix Wants to Give Exhibition Here.pdf

Handout
May 14, 2021
0.1 MB
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Bessie Coleman in the News.pdf

Activity
May 21, 2021
0.9 MB
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Bessie Coleman_Recursos educativos.docx

Activity
March 16, 2022
1.2 MB
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Bessie Coleman Vuela en Houston.docx

Handout
March 16, 2022
1.3 MB
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Aviadora negra quiere hacer una exhibición acá.docx

Handout
March 16, 2022
1.2 MB
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Bessie Coleman en las noticias_Ejercicio.docx

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March 16, 2022
1.2 MB
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Videos
Bessie Coleman: First African American Aviator | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
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