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. 

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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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Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman by Marc Taylor Nobleman

Recommended Grades: 3-5

The story of the creators of the Superman comic book series, Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman is about Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster.  Jerry and Joe were two boys who realized that the U.S. needed a superhero during the Great Depression and modeled his alter ego after themselves. 

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Writers Workshop:


Biography Mentor Text: I’ve stated before that there are some great picture book biographies out there and Boys of Steel is another good one.  Read aloud Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman and discuss the lives of Jerry and Joe.  Use this book as model during a study of biographies or as a model text for writers workshop when students are writing biographies

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