This biography explores the amazing life of Nelson Mandela.This tribute to a hero of history includes comprehension questions and activities such as analyzing information. Addresses core standards.
This carefully crafted biography of a modern-day hero, Nelson Mandela, is perfect for 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade students. Students will engage in comprehension activities such using text evidence, context clues, making inferences, answering literal questions. The rich biography and questioning strategies help students improve important reading comprehension skills. Full answer key and graphic organizer are included.
The article is written on 4th grade reading level (9 and 10 years old) but can be used with younger or older kids as determined by their skill level. The activities are great for whole group, small group, individuals, centers, and homework applications. Pages in the packet can be printed either in color or grayscale with good results. These activities are effective as a homeschool or summer reading resource.
Questions and Topics Addressed in this Resource
Nelson Mandela was a famous civil rights activist and world leader. This article takes kids on a short journey through Nelson Mandela's life. It covers his birth in South Africa and his boyhood and how he received the Christian name of Nelson. It discusses where he went to school and his interest in African history and how he was raised a leader and counselor. The biography touches on how Mandela joined the African National Congress Youth and fought against Apartheid and how he organized strikes. He was eventually arrested and sent to prison for where he earned a law degree. He was released by President Willem de Klerk and Mandela continued his work to help black people. He eventually won the Nobel Peace Prize and was elected South Africa's first black president. Nelson Mandela used sports to unite the country and South Africa hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup. He was such an important world leader, July 18 was declared Mandela Day.
Other effective and motivating comprehension resources are available through Rick's Resources as follows:
Reading Comprehension Warm-Ups
Reading Comprehension Historical Heroes
Founding Fathers Reading Comprehension
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