Book activities for "Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured . . . America"

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About This Book

This is the true story of a Renaissance man and the first black American photographer. I was only vaguely familiar with the work of this man but I now have a great appreciation for this man--for both his artistry and humanity. It has both beautiful illustrations and lyrical verse. This is a must read--even for older readers.

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America
Written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by Jamey Christoph
Age Range: 5 - 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
Lexile Measure: AD840L
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (February 1, 2015)
ISBN-10: 0807530174
ISBN-13: 978-0807530177

Reviews and Recommendations:
Starred Review, School Library Journal, February 1, 2015
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, May 2015
Booklist, February 1, 2015
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, December 22, 2014
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2015
The Hornbook (00/05/15)

NAACP Image Award
Huffington Post mention in “How to talk to Children about Race”

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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. Pairs or groups of students can also complete more complex activities. Examining text is perfect for two students to work on at one time making it easier for both. Through the teacher read-aloud and student group work, good books become part of a common classroom culture.

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.

The vocabulary cards can be put on a crown or attached to a student’s back. This student then gets to ask five questions about his word and try to guess it.

This product contains the following activities:

Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet and a page explaining how to use
Crown pattern for vocabulary study
One blank vocabulary map for use with words
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 line. This would make a foldable pamphlet and you could have students draw a picture, write a sentence, synonym, antonym, or other vocabulary activity.
Word sorts by number of syllables, parts of speech, alphabetical order, and number of letters-all with answer keys
Linking words
Word shapes with answer key
Word scramble with answer key
Missing letters with answer key
Spelling test (choose the correct word from four) with answer key
Word search with answer key
7 vocabulary words with answer key
Title page activity with answer key
Cause and effect with answer key
Marking text with answer key
Cloze exercise with answer key
Proofreading capital letters with answer key
thinking out the question with answer key
Writing questions for answers with answer key
Two American Gothics with answer key
Scrambled sentences
Seven sentence sequence
Back matter in a book with answer key
Picture scavenger hunt
Summarizing the book
Three new facts I learned from this book
Design a T-shirt to advertise this book
About Gordon Parks (find facts and details)
A-B-C word find
Sticky notes for understanding--teacher can print these off on the printer

Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006, African American photographers--Biography, Photographers--United States--Biography, Literacy Centers, Book Unit, Picture Book Unit, Novel Study, Picture Book Studies, Literature Study, Literature Unit and Activities, Reading Circles

Core Curriculum Standards

RI - 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.7, 2.10
RI - 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7, 3.10
RI - 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7, 4.10

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Book activities for "Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Ca
Book activities for "Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Ca
Book activities for "Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Ca
Book activities for "Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Ca
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