Book Activities for "When the Beat was Born"

Book Activities for "When the Beat was Born"
Book Activities for "When the Beat was Born"
Book Activities for "When the Beat was Born"
Book Activities for "When the Beat was Born"
Book Activities for "When the Beat was Born"
Book Activities for "When the Beat was Born"
Book Activities for "When the Beat was Born"
Book Activities for "When the Beat was Born"
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When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent)
Written by: Laban Carrick Hill
Illustrated by: Theodore Taylor
Age Range: 6 - 10 years
Grade Level: 1 – 5
Lexile Measure: 910L
Series: Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (August 27, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1596435402
ISBN-13: 978-1596435407

Summary: Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc.

On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks—the musical interludes between verses—longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world. Description from

“Hip hop" music was not originally what it is now with extreme clothes and x-rated materials. It was all about fun.

This is a wonderfully written book about hip-hop's origin. The illustrations fit the mood of the book and are rich and vibrant.

If you are looking for diverse books for your classroom, this would be a good choice.

This is also a story of believing in yourself and your dreams! Hard work and dedication are a winning combination and a good lesson for students.

It is a unique subject for a children’s book and it is well done!

Reviews and recommendations:
School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly
Notable Books for a Global Society - 2014 List
Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent

What is included in this product:

Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet
Vocabulary and definition cards – there are five words on each page. There is the word and the definition next to it. These could be laminated and cut apart to study or play a matching game. Or you could cut through half of the page horizontally under either the word or the definition and fold down the center on the dotted line. This would make a foldable booklet and you could have kids draw a picture, write a sentence, synonym, antonym, or other vocabulary activity on the inside.
Two-sided puzzle words with synonyms-self checking
Word shapes with answer key
Spelling test (Write the correctly spelled word given four choices) with answers
Scrambled words with answer key
Missing vowels with answer key
Syllable Sort with answer key
Alphabetizing sort with answer key
Part of speech sort with answer key
Word map template for further vocabulary study
Sequencing seven events with sequencing page and answer key
Looking at title page components with answer key
ABC word organizing
Internet sounds of Clive’s music (for background information)
Face foldable-Fold each side of the paper to the middle.  Have students draw a picture of the character on the front.  Put words to describe the outward appearance of the character on the outside.  This can be things that are obvious from the text.  Next, open the page up and write character traits and words to describe the character's emotions on the inside.  These are things they will infer about the character's traits based on evidence from the text. 
Word search with answer key
Cloze activity with answer key
About the author and illustrator with answer key
Cryptogram sentence with answer key
Proofreading activity with answer key
Scrambled sentences with answer key
Cause and effect with answer key
Marking the text (two pages with answer key where possible), Same passage with different activities
Comprehension questions (2 pages) with answer key
Creating a stamp and writing about it
Writing a newspaper article and drawing a picture
Creating a nine frame comic strip about the book
Illustrating the setting of the book
Asking the author two questions

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These activities can be used for individual, small group, for whole class. They could also be used as homework, with guided groups, or with book groups. Small groups could be working on different activities at the same time. The book can be read aloud and selected activities done in class. They could be useful laminated and in a literacy center. It is always a better learning experience if books are discussed in pairs or in groups, in my opinion.

Students can travel around the classroom to 3 or 4 stations answering questions about the book. The questions can be glued to butcher paper. Each station should have enough squares for all of the class to record their answer. The questions or activities can be posted on the paper or on the wall. Students must support their answers with proof from the book.

Kool DJ Herc –Biography, Disc jockeys—United States—Biography, Rap Musicians—United States--Biography, Black History Month, Literacy Centers, Book Unit, Picture Book Unit, Novel Study, Picture Book Studies, Literature Guide and Activities,

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68 pages
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