Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim

Recommended Grades: 3-5

A picture book biography of Booker T. Washington as a young man working to build his future with fifty cents in his pocket and a dream. 


Lesson Idea:

Mentor Text Biography/Perseverance: Read aloud Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington and discuss the characteristics of Booker T. Washington.  What characteristics did it take for him to make his dream come true? Ask students to locate examples of the characteristics in the book.  Create a class anchor chart that demonstrates characteristics of Booker T. Washington and examples from the book. 

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