This is a literature unit for the book "Dance Like Starlight" by Kristy Dempsey. It includes the following elements: a Vocabulary Words activity, Comprehension Questions, a Biography Passage, a Graphic Organizer, a Reflection Journal Entry exercise, a "Sequence of Events" activity, a Historical Fiction Lesson, a First Draft Writing Assignment, and a Final Copy Writing Assignment. It is 16 pages long and is in PDF form for easy printing.
Book Summary: Many little ballerinas have big dreams of attending the best ballet schools and of dancing on stage. In Harlem in the 1950s, dreams don’t always come true, they take a lot of work and a lot of hope.
The first African-American prima ballerina, Janet Collins, did make her dreams come true. Those dreams inspired ballerinas everywhere, showing them that the color of their skin couldn’t stop them from becoming a star.
In a lyrical tale as beautiful as a dance, Kristy Dempsey and Floyd Cooper tell the story of one little ballerina who was inspired by Janet Collins to make her own dreams come true.
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