Rep. John Robert Lewis sanctioned this (2 words)
Maya Angelou says "she" has an inner mystery (2 words)
Phrase referring to Elijah's automatic lubricator (3 words)
George Washington Carver found 325 uses for these
James Weldon Johnson's "Lift Every ____ and Sing"
'49ers quarterback, civil rights activist and Nike wearer
Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall attacked segregation in this area
First lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from this group when it would not allow Marian Anderson to sing in their Constitution Hall (abbr)
Rank attained by U.S. Army officer Benjamin Davis and his son U.S. Air Force officer Benjamin Davis, Jr
Both Jo Ann Gibson Robinson and Rosa Parks were instrumental in this Atlanta event (2 words)
Human "computer" Katherine Johnson was a key contributor to this U.S. program
This king appeared to sing with his daughter posthumously in 1991
Dr. Mae Jemison was a medical officer, researcher, teacher, business woman and _____
A product of St. Louis' Central West End, Adrienne Danrich is internationally known in this field
This relative is thought to be excessively subservient and overly eager to win the approval of those outside of his own race (2 words)
This 2700 acre property belonging to Michael Jackson included a mansion, guest houses, lake and 50 seat movie theater
Term for using race as grounds for suspecting someone of committing a crime or offense (2 words)
A beautiful trailblazer, Hollywood's MGM Studios offered her a 7-year movie contract, the first for any African American performer (2 words)
A tireless advocate of equality and justice for all, Dorothy Height believed that life is meant to be in ____ to others
A role model for women in science, Shirley Jackson was the first African American woman to receive a PhD from here (abbr)
Many African Americans have had to overcome _____ just because of their race
Ursula Burns was a math wiz who became the first African American female CEO at ____, seller of print and digital documents, products and services

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a crossword?

Crossword puzzles have been published in newspapers and other publications since 1873. They consist of a grid of squares where the player aims to write words both horizontally and vertically.

Next to the crossword will be a series of questions or clues, which relate to the various rows or lines of boxes in the crossword. The player reads the question or clue, and tries to find a word that answers the question in the same amount of letters as there are boxes in the related crossword row or line.

Some of the words will share letters, so will need to match up with each other. The words can vary in length and complexity, as can the clues.

Who is a crossword suitable for?

The fantastic thing about crosswords is, they are completely flexible for whatever age or reading level you need. You can use many words to create a complex crossword for adults, or just a couple of words for younger children.

Crosswords can use any word you like, big or small, so there are literally countless combinations that you can create for templates. It is easy to customise the template to the age or learning level of your students.

How do I create a crossword template?

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Pre-made templates

For a quick and easy pre-made template, simply search through WordMint’s existing 500,000+ templates. With so many to choose from, you’re bound to find the right one for you!

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How do I choose the clues for my crossword?

Once you’ve picked a theme, choose clues that match your students current difficulty level. For younger children, this may be as simple as a question of “What color is the sky?” with an answer of “blue”.

Are crosswords good for students?

Crosswords are a great exercise for students' problem solving and cognitive abilities. Not only do they need to solve a clue and think of the correct answer, but they also have to consider all of the other words in the crossword to make sure the words fit together.

Crosswords are great for building and using vocabulary.

If this is your first time using a crossword with your students, you could create a crossword FAQ template for them to give them the basic instructions.

Can I print my crossword template?

All of our templates can be exported into Microsoft Word to easily print, or you can save your work as a PDF to print for the entire class. Your puzzles get saved into your account for easy access and printing in the future, so you don’t need to worry about saving them at work or at home!

Can I create crosswords in other languages?

Crosswords are a fantastic resource for students learning a foreign language as they test their reading, comprehension and writing all at the same time. When learning a new language, this type of test using multiple different skills is great to solidify students' learning.

We have full support for crossword templates in languages such as Spanish, French and Japanese with diacritics including over 100,000 images, so you can create an entire crossword in your target language including all of the titles, and clues.