Dear Benjamin Banneker by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Recommended Grades: 3-5

A picture book biography of Benjamin Banneker, who was born free when most blacks were still enslaved.  An accomplished astronomer and mathematician, author of the first published almanac by a black man, Banneker decided to take a stand against slavery.  This is a story of his correspondence with Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. 

Lesson Idea:  


Biography Mentor Text: Read aloud Dear Benjamin Banneker and discuss the components of the biography.  Biographies can take many shapes and this one is written in part through actual letters.  Connect this book with Molly Bannaky.  Use this book as a model during a study of biographies or during a study of history.

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