George Washington Carver was a world-famous chemist who made important agricultural discoveries and inventions. His research on peanuts, sweet potatoes, and other products helped poor southern farmers vary their crops and improve their diets. A monument showing Carver as a boy was the first national memorial erected in honor of an African American.
Here is a free resource! based on the book Who Was George Washington Carver, by Jim Gigliotti. You can use this as a Study Guide designed to help students gain deeper knowledge or as a Quiz to test their knowledge after they read this book.
Vocabulary: Write the definition for each of the following words.
Questions: Please answer the following questions in this format:
- Write complete sentences in your own words. Do not copy straight from the book.
- Restate the question. For example, to answer Question #1, you might write, George got the nickname “the Plant Doctor” after he… .
- Begin each sentence with a capital letter.
- End each sentence with punctuation.
- How did George get the nickname, “the Plant Doctor?”
- Who are Moses and Susan?
- Who are Mary and Jim?
- Describe Missouri’s role in the Civil War.
- What is the importance of the 13th Amendment?
- Re-read pages 14-15. Write a paragraph and summarize (briefly re-tell) what those two pages are talking about.
- What significant (important) event happened to George when he was 8 years old?
- Why did George refer to God as “Creator”?
- Describe Mariah Watkins.
- Why didn’t Mariah Watkins like it when George said, “I’m Carver’s George”?
- Why did George move to Neosho?
- Compare Neosho to Diamond Grove.
- What was the name of George’s school in Neosho?
- Re-read page 41. Write a paragraph that describes Jim Crow Laws. **Remember: a paragraph is not one long sentence strung together with the word “and.” Write 3-4 complete sentences.
- Read pages 46-47. Describe the house that George built.
- What was the Homestead Act of 1862? Who signed it into law?
- Describe George’s experience at Simpson College. Why did he leave?
- What was the “Atlanta Compromise”? Who wrote it? How did black people feel about it?
- Read page 61. Write a short paragraph about Booker T. Washington.
- Why did Booker T. Washington want George to attend Tuskegee?
- Describe the booklets that George wrote for slaves.
- What was the Jesup Wagon?
- What did George say after Booker T. Washington died?
- Why did George want farmers to rotate their crops?
- Describe George’s famous peanut booklet. Why did the Royal Society of Arts in London honor him for this booklet?
- What was George’s goal when he started the George Washington Carver Foundation at Tuskegee?
Internet activity: use the Internet to learn more about whooping cough. Describe what it is.
On your own:
- Write a 2-page essay titled The Legacy of Dr. George Washington Carver. Describe his legacy in 3-5 paragraphs. Support your essay with plenty of details and description of his great work.
- Create a “How to” brochure
George Washington Carver created a booklet called How to Grow the Peanut, and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption.
Create a tri-fold “how to” brochure about something that you love.
- The cover should be a photo of you involved with the topic. For example, if you are writing a “How to” about playing the piano, you will be in a photo playing the piano. If you are writing about how to bake a cake, your photo might include you in the kitchen baking a cake.
- The inside pages should include the following: 1) an introduction and something interesting about the topic; 2) “How to” details about the topic; 3) other suggestions on how to use the product.
- The back page should include Acknowledgements that thank people, such as Mom and Dad, who helped you complete the brochure. This page should also and References, such as books or Internet sources that you used. Books and Internet sources should be in MLA format.
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