My Name is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth by Ann Turner

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication Date: January 20, 2015

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Born in 1797 to slave parents, Isabella Baumfree was sold several times before being bought by the Dumont family, where she stayed for sixteen years.  After escaping from slavery and living and working in New York City, Isabella chose her own name, Sojourner Truth – for she would always travel and she would always tell the truth.  

Lesson Idea:

Mentor Text: Biography:Personal Narrative: Read aloud My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth as a mentor text for a writing unit on personal narratives.  Note how the author wrote a biography of Sojourner Truth, but wrote it from Truth’s point of view.  Discuss how the author had to conduct research in order to understand Truth’s voice and be able to portray it in this text, including using Truth’s own quotes.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher to review.

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I Am Abraham Lincoln by Brad Meltzer

Recommended Grades: 3-5

I am Abraham Lincoln is part of a (fairly) new biography series on people who change the world.  Abraham Lincoln was a kid who stood up to bullies and believed in fairness for everyone. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Biography/Persistence:  Read aloud I am Abraham Lincoln (Ordinary People Change World) and discuss how his actions as a child created the adult he became.  How did having the trait of persistence lead to Abraham Lincoln’s prolific political career and guide his core beliefs as a child?

Note to Teachers: While the author provided some photographs as back matter, I’m not entirely sure of the historical accuracy of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood as portrayed in this book.  Use this information as a springboard for a discussion on how to use/determine if information is historically accurate or not.

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Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman

Recommended Grades: 4-6

A wonderful story about persistence and overcoming obstacles, this biography tells the story of Wilma Rudolph, the world’s fastest woman.  

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Biography/Persistence/Author Study: Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman is a great mentor text when discussing the genre of biography, perhaps as part of an author study of Kathleen Krull’s work, or as a model for persistence.  Wilma had to overcome many health obstacles.  She then participated in the Olympics and won three gold medals, the first American woman to do so at a single Olympics.

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Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy

Recommended Grades: 4-6

Betty Skelton wasn’t  your average girl in the 30’s.  While most girls were content to play with their dolls, Betty was playing with her metal plane.  This led to a life filled with breaking records and stereotypes. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Biography/Persistence/Writer’s Workshop:  Read aloud Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton and discuss Betty’s various successes.  How did persistence pay off for her?  Learn more about Betty by reading the back matter.  Use Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton as a mentor text when students are writing biographies.

 

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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. 

©2013 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.