Title: Nelson Mandela

Reference: Nelson, K. (2013). Nelson Mandela. Katherine Tegen Books: An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Brief Annotation: Nelson Mandela was a man who fought for his Country to become integrated. He fought against the Apartheid, and because of this was put in jail for almost 30 years. When he was finally released, the Apartheid was over and he was elected as President of South Africa. He was loved by his Country, Wife and Children who supported him even while he was incarcerated.

Genre: Non-fiction

Grade Level: 3-5

Readers who would be interested in this book: Children learning about  Apartheid or other Civil Rights movements and segregation would be interested in this book. Other students who may be interested in this book are children who are interested in history, or learning through reading. This engaging children’s book also serves as an educational tool.

Rating/Response: I would give this book a 4. Although it leaves many parts out in it’s attempt to remain concise, the book does provide some education, and sparks the interest of the reader who may then go on to learn more about the topic. It draws attention to the important past of not only South Africa, but here in the United States as well. Segregation is something that is hard to talk about with children, but this book does a great job of bringing up the discussion in a way which children can understand. I thought the book was extremely well written, and educational.

Text Dependent Question:  How long was Nelson Mandela in prison, and why?

Strategy: 

Data Charts; Page 31

Tompkins, G. E. (2013). 50 literacy strategies: step by step. Boston: Pearson.

This strategy works on writing, and comprehension, as well as content areas. It is appropriate to do following a read aloud of Nelson Mandela. The students can display their comprehension of the story using the data charts. The first task is to design the chart, then the students can draw and complete it based on what they learned from the read aloud.

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