Biography (nonfiction), 1,188 words, Level T (Grade 3), Lexile 840L
Jesse Owens tells the story of Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens, one of the greatest track and field athletes of all time. An African American who was the grandson of a slave, Jesse overcame discrimination and racism and showed the world the meaning of grit and determination. This powerful story, along with photographs from Jesse's life, will keep students engaged in learning about a major figure in the history of American sports. Students will also have the opportunity to identify elements of a biography as well as summarize to better understand the text.
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athletes, determination, dignity, discrimination, grit, Olympic, racist, sharecropper, track
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Teach the Objectives
Summarize to understand text
Elements of a Biography : Identify elements of a biography
Grammar and Mechanics
Commas : Recognize and use commas after introductory words
Homophones : Identify and use homophones
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups
or whole class