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Black History Month Biography Passages – Athletes – Reading Activities

Explore engaging upper elementary black history biography reading passages that spotlight famous figures in history, specifically Famous African American Athletes! These minimal-prep, TEKS-aligned resources include five captivating biographies paired with comprehensive reading comprehension questions.

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Looking for upper elementary black history biography reading passages that also teach about famous people in history? You and your students will love these engaging, minimal-prep, and TEKS-aligned reading comprehension passages and questions!

This set includes 5 black history biographies and reading comprehension questions for Famous African American Athletes.

What’s Included?

  • 5 Biography Passages (both photograph and illustration options)
    • Jackie Robinson
    • Michael Jordan
    • Muhammad Ali
    • Serena Williams
    • Simone Biles
  • 10 Comprehension Check questions for each passage
  • 2 Comprehension Check options (multiple-choice and short answer)
  • Digital version on Google Slides
  • Answer keys for all questions

Students have the option to read a passage with a photograph or illustration of the person and answer STAAR sentence-stem multiple choice and short answer questions about the famous person.


This is perfect for Black History Month – or year-round!


Each comprehension check contains 10 questions. You can utilize these activities for independent work, small group practice and review, stations, test prep, homework, or guided practice. You will find digital and printable versions of the activities and an answer key for all questions!


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