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Kadir Nelson Reading Comprehension & Activities

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Kadir Nelson is an artist, illustrator, and children’s author. His work often depicts Black history and culture. He has illustrated well known books for other authors. Most recently, he has written books that have beautiful illustrations and heart touching stories for himself. A few of his titles include:

Baby Bear
Henry Freedom Box
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
If You Plant a Seed
Nelson Mandela
I Have a Dream (Words by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Do you see any titles that you recognize?

I have created a packet of reading and writing activities for students to learn more about the works of Kadir Nelson. He is a “Living Legend” in Black History because he is blazing new paths and is alive and relatable to people of all walks of life today. Black History Month is a wonderful time to learn about Mr. Nelson. But, believe me, his contribution to the worlds of art and literature far surpass the confines of only being studied for one month.

So, find his books (whether he only illustrated them or authored and illustrated them), purchase this packet of activities, and enjoy the beauty of his artwork and literary contributions.

***Please view the Preview to see the ENTIRE packet prior to purchasing to make sure that the activities will meet your needs.****

This download includes:
• 2 passages about Kadir Nelson’s life- I have provided 2 passages that each have slightly modified versions to allow for differentiation and reading and writing support for students that need it. (The same passage has been modified in some way up to 3 times.)
~Text based evidence passage- Features the same reading passage on each version. Incorporates student tasks without reading/visual support, tasks with visual support, writing complete sentences support, and without the sentence support for students to write responses in complete sentences independently.
~Reading for comprehension passage- differentiated to support different reading ability levels.
• Comprehension questions
• Did You Know? Fact Sheet
• Kadir Nelson Is, Can, Has Chart
• Venn Diagram- Compare 2 different books by the author
• Facts with Supporting Ideas- Writing Organizer
-Writing Paper- Put your ideas together
• “Dear Mr. Nelson” Letter Writing Activity
• Kadir Nelson is Good At/I Am Good At Activity
• Word Search
• Fact or Opinion Activity
• KWL Chart
• Kadir Nelson Book Review
• “If I Could Talk to Kadir Nelson….”- graphics of diverse students with both younger and older children depicted (4 children- younger/older)
• 2 additional writing activities and writing paper
• Kadir Nelson Timeline

**Appropriate for:
~First graders- With support and/or for strong independent readers/strong comprehension skills
~Second graders
~Potentially for Third graders- Left to the teacher's discretion- based upon their reading, writing, and comprehension ability.

**Suggestions for use:

~Whole Group
*Project the page onto your whiteboard or complete the activity via a Docu' Camera.
*Project the pages of your choice on a Smart Board and have students interactive with the activities.
*If you are short on copies, project the activity(ies) and have students complete it in a Journal.
~Small group instruction
~Independent Work
~Buddy Work
~Literacy Station/Center activities

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~Please note that the total number of slides listed always includes:
* Cover
*Gratitude Page
*Directions for Use (when applicable)
*Terms of Use/Copyright
*Artistic Credits

Should you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please contact me at TeachMeT92@gmail.com so that I may be able to ensure that you have a positive experience. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Teach-Me-T

~~I used the “CKokay” font for the majority of the activities. If you would like to have the same font, you may locate it on Teachers Pay Teachers in Courtney Keimer’s store (Click on her button on my “Artistic Credits page.) You can also download KG fonts for your personal use. Be sure to check Kimberly Geswein’s Terms of Use prior to your download.

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Kadir Nelson Reading Comprehension & Activities