|This circa-1937 flyer promoted journal subscriptions to William J. Powells Craftsmen of Black Wings as a way to help out black youth.
|Win the War - Plan the Peace, 1944 poster
|Double V Campaign, Pittsburgh
Courier, 1942 newspaper article
What is a WebQuest?
A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which students are given
an interesting, challenging task to complete: a quest. To complete
this task youll use information that comes from selected resources
on the Internet. Your teacher may give you
some specific advice on how you and your classmates will complete
Black Wings Winners: A WebQuest
Advice for Teachers
For this WebQuest, you will take the role of student scholar, writer,
and publisher. Heres the scenario: You have been commissioned
(hired) by the National Air and Space Museum to create Black
Wings Winners, a publication for students. The purpose of the
publication is to build kids interest in the pioneers of African
American aviation and help kids learn about all the methods African
Americans used to help them succeed as flyers. The National Air and
Space Museum could have hired an adult to write this booklet, but
they didnt. They've come to you because they know you can choose
images and provide information that other students your age will really
To create the booklet Black Wings Winners,
youll need to do a few things:
- Browse the Black Wings collection [link to database] at this
- Learn about the history of African Americans in aviation.
- Choose 10 categories of winners. (You'll learn more about these
categories when you learn about the Process
of this WebQuest.)
- Choose a Black Wings winner in each category.
- Print an image from the collection for each Black Wings winner.
- Write text explaining why you chose each winner.
- Create your booklet.
- Spend about half an hour searching through the Black
Wings collection. Make brief notes about people, places, or
events that interest you. Then browse through
the collection for images that will interest your classmates.
Remember that the purpose of Black Wings Winners,
the booklet you're creating, is to build kids interest in
the pioneers of African American aviation.
- Choose 10 winner categories, one for each kind of Black Wings
winner. Here is a list of possible winner categories. Choose 10
categories from this list, or think of your own categories:
From the Black
Wings collection, choose a winner in each of the 10 categories
you selected. For example, you may have chosen the category top
white supporter of African American participation in aviation.
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt [link to item 14 in database] might
be your winner in this category. She showed her support for African
Americans in aviation when she joined Tuskegee pilot Chief Anderson
for an airplane ride around the black flying school.
- top African American aviator
- top plane
- top method of promoting African American participation in
- top problem-solver
- top newspaper, article, or cartoon on African American aviation
- top flight by an African American aviator
- top supporter of African American aviation who was not an
- top law or policy that affected African American aviation
- top quotation on the topic of African American aviation
- top military victory by an African American aviator
- top event breaking the color line in aviation
- top decision in the history of African American aviation
- top decision maker in the history of African American aviation
- top location in the United States for African American aviation
- top white supporter of African American participation in
Print the image from the collection that illustrates each of your
10 Black Wings winners.
Write a paragraph for each winner explaining why you identified
that person, place, event, or object. In your Black
Wings Winners publication, this paragraph will appear opposite
the image from the collection youve chosen to illustrate
your winners. The paragraph should contain the following information:
Construct your Black Wings Winners
booklet. Design and illustrate a cover and back page for your
booklet. Then present the printed-out image of each winner and
the paragraph you wrote explaining why you chose this winner.
(The image and the paragraph should be on facing pages.) If youd
like, you may include a message from you, the author, following
the cover page. In your message, communicate why you think students
your age will be interested in learning about the history of African
Americans in aviation.
Share your booklet with your classmates.
- Title identifying the kind of winner.
- A brief explanation of the image (who? what? when? where?).
You may use the image caption as part of your explanation. When
necessary, do further research on the image by looking in your
school or public library or looking at selected Black Wings
resources [link to the resources page] on the Internet.
- A detailed explanation of why you chose this particular winner.
How is this person, place, event, or object significant or extraordinary?
For Internet and print resources you can use to complete this Black
Wings Winners WebQuest, visit the Resources
page at this web site.
Your teacher will evaluate your publication on the following qualities:
- Have you identified 10 categories of winners?
- Have you chosen a winner in each category?
- Have you chosen an appropriate image to illustrate your category/winner
from the Black Wings collection?
- Have you written a complete paragraph explaining why you chose
the winner in each category?
- Have you produced an attractive, complete booklet (cover illustration,
back, design, neatness)?
- Would your booklet help build kids interest in the pioneers
of African American aviation?
In spite of prejudice, African American pioneers in aviation made
tremendous strides toward full participation. Individual Black Wings
winners, as well as the efforts of many unnamed Americans, have led
to the increasing influence of African American aviators today.
Advice for Teachers back
- This Black Wings Winners WebQuest is
appropriate for students in grades 4 to 12. You may want to tailor
this WebQuest to meet your students needs and abilities:
- Add to or change the kinds of research students must do to
complete this WebQuest.
- Require longer or more comprehensive paragraphs of explanation.
- Require certain production standards: page design, word processing,
- Add point values to the Evaluation section of this WebQuest,
or build an evaluation rubric.
- Use the completed Black Wings Winners
booklets as part of a book fair, an American Studies project,