Author, Patricia Hruby Powell, and artist, Christian Robinson, have created an outstanding portrayal for young people of the passionate civil rights advocate and performer, Josephine Baker. She worked her way from the St. Louis slums to the most elegant and famous stages in the world. This book has been scrupulously researched by both author and artist, This book tells of both struggle and triumph of her life.
Josephine: the Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker Written by Patricia Hruby Powell
Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Age Range: 7 - 10 years
Grade Level: 2 - 5
Lexile Measure: 790L
Series: Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books Publisher: Chronicle Books (January 14, 2014) ISBN-10: 1452103143
Honors and Awards
Coretta Scott King Book Award, Illustrator,
Honor Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, Honor
Boston Globe–Horn Book Award,
Nonfiction Honor Parent's Choice Award
Wall Street Journal's 10 Best Children's Books of the Year List Bologna Ragazzi Nonfiction Honor 2014
Cool Mom Picks
Houston Style Magazine Reader Totz
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books KidsReads
School library journal, Starred Review Publishers Weekly, starred review
The Denver Post
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Library Media Connection
a Booklist Blog
The Denver Post
Design of the Picture Book
Wall Street Journal
Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975, Dancers--France--Biography, African American entertainers--France--Biography, Literacy Centers, Book Unit, Picture Book Unit, Black History, Novel Study, Picture Book Studies, Literature Unit and Activities, Reading Circles, Book Activities, Picture Book Activities
Background information for teachers:
Look on YouTube to see videos of Josephine dancing and performing.
About This Product
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.
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.
In my opinion, the most important thing to remember when doing these book activities is for students to know the teacher loves and appreciates it.
Another way of grouping students for activities:
1. Students number off from 1 to 4 within their teams.
2. Call out a question or put it on the board or use the worksheet and duplicate or cut up
the cards so each group has a card.
3. Students in teams discuss the answer together. They need to make sure everyone on
the team knows the answer.
4. Teacher randomly calls a number from 1 to 4. On each team, the student whose number
was called writes the answer on the team answer board. The selected person may not receive any help from their team. It must be done alone. This student places the answer board face down when answer is complete. Teacher may also write it on a post it note and put on chart paper or board.
5. Have the designated student stand and hold up their response board to show their answer when all teams are ready. Each team's answer is checked for accuracy.
6. Repeat with additional questions or other activities as time permits.
Common Core Standards addressed:
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6. 2.10
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7, 3.8, 3.10
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.4, 4.5, 4.10
5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.10
This product contains the following activities:
● Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet
● Computer vocabulary practice with Spelling City
● Vocabulary Map
● Vocabulary and definition cards – there are four 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 kids draw a picture, write a sentence, synonym, antonym, or other vocabulary activity.
● Linking Vocabulary Words
● Word sorts by number of syllables, parts of speech, alphabetical order, and number ofletters-all with answer keys
● Word shapes with answer key
● Choose correct spelling of a word from four choices with correct spelling with answerkey
● Scrambled words with answer key
Wordsearch with answer key
● 7 Vocabulary Words with answer key
● Fill in the missing date ranges
● Character sketch
● Cloze Exercise with answer key
● Marking the text with answer key
Cause and Effect with answer key
● Sequencing seven events with sequencing page and answer key
● Title page activity with answer key
● Write the questions to these answers with answer key
● Scrambled sentences with answer key worksheet for rewriting
● Vocabulary in action with answer key
● Alike and different
● Draw a comic strip to summarize the book
● Bookmark Scavenger Hunt
● Language usage Check with answer key
● About Josephine Baker
● Book talk questions to do with a friend (on page with answer key)
● Book interview with a friend
● A-B-C Book Order
● Three most important events
● Draw the most interesting event
● Back matter in a book--two pages with answer key
● Finding evidence from the text
● Face Foldable for Josephine Baker
● Josephine Acrostic