The Life and Times of Percy Julian

For Teachers

Activity 1C (Reading)
The Trailblazers

Go to student version

Lesson Overview This lesson is a set of brief biographies of some of the first African Americans to earn doctorates in chemistry. George Washington Carver is also included.
Learning Objectives The objective of the lesson is to contextualize Percy Julian’s story by teaching about the African American chemists who came before him.
Lesson Concepts

The life and work of Percy Julian, like that of any scientist, is related to the life and work of many other scientists. Student will understand that science advances because of the interactions between scientists and the influences of earlier scientists on those who come later.

Materials Required No special materials are required.
Skills Required No special skills are required.
Time Required 30 minutes.
Student Ability Level and Grouping This lesson is suitable for students of all levels.
Assessment Students might be assigned to read about one of the trailblazers and create a poster or news article about that person. These posters could be placed on a time line in class.

This activity meets the following National Science Education Standards (Grades 5-8) and Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.

National Science Education Standards (Grades 5-8)

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

  • Science and technology in society

History and Nature of Science

  • Science as a human endeavor
  • History of science

Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

  • Time, Continuity, and Change
  • Individuals, Groups, and Institutions

Previous Lesson Plan | Next Lesson Plan