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Benjamin Banneker

Short excerpt from America's Library article:

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum

Do you know who Benjamin Banneker was and what he did?

Benjamin Banneker was a self-educated scientist at a time when most African Americans were slaves.
Born a free black man in the British Colony of Maryland in 1731, he received some formal education,
but he mostly borrowed books and taught himself science and mathematics.

I. Vocabulary words from this article:

almanac

astronomy

carve

chime

eclipse

museum

pocket watch

scientist

telescope

wooden

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II. Pre-Reading Questions

What was the status of most African-Americans in the 1770s?

If you had to educate yourself, how would you do it?

III. Reading Time

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Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum
from America's Library (www.americaslibrary.gov)

When you have finished reading, return to this page and answer the questions below.

IV. Post-Reading Questions

1. What subjects did Benjamin teach himself?

2. Which of Mr. Banneker's works is best known?


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Last updated: 15 February, 2010 02:43:16