This picture book is a wonderful resource during black history month, civil rights discussions, or biography studies. Marian Anderson was a determined woman who overcame many obstacles to pursue her dream.
Use as a close reading activity – reading multiple times for varying purposes. Begin with basic comprehension of the book and the sequence of Marian’s life. Dig deeper on the second and third reading – work on character traits, drawing conclusions about her obstacles and comparing and contrasting her time overseas from the U.S.
Take some time to review figurative language using this book. There is a worksheet to check student understanding, but more figurative language is included in the book.
Extend your students thinking … determine how Marian’s life impacts your life and how she can be a role model for us today. Think about her life – the time period – how was she an example to others during the civil rights movement?
This packet was created for students who need low readability but higher level skill work in Language Arts.