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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Not the Quitting Kind by Sarra J. Roth

Publication Date: February 10, 2014

Publisher: Peter Pauper Press

Recommended Grades:K-2

A rhyming story of sticking to something when faced with mistakes or failures. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Perseverance:  Read aloud Not the Quitting Kind and discuss the concept of perseverance with your students.  What is the author’s message in the book?  Why is this an important message for children to learn?  Provide a challenging activity for students to engage in to demonstrate the act of perseverance.  Encourage students to stick to it as they work through the challenge.

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

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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. 

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