Tag: biography

I Am Farmer: Growing An Environmental Movement In Cameroon by Baptiste Paul, Miranda Paul and Elizabeth Zunon

Read how Farmer Tantoh brought clean water to his village by using skills learned from his personal interests.

Sonny’s Bridge: Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Finds His Groove by Barry Wittenstein

Summary Sonny Rollins was born during the Harlem Renaissance; a time when jazz exploded all over the city. The movement cultivated genius musicians who grabbed the attention of music lovers everywhere. One entertainer caught Sonny Rollins’s eye. His name was Louis Jordan, and his… Continue Reading “Sonny’s Bridge: Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Finds His Groove by Barry Wittenstein”

Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by Bethany Hegedus

Try this lesson idea that invites learners to consider what makes a great author. #AASLstandards @AASL @BethanyHegedus @BalzerandBray @CASL @FAME

The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention (Really) by Barry Wittenstein

Summary When you cut yourself, what’s the first thing you do? Reach for a Band-Aid, right? Before the 1920s, Band-Aids did not exist. Josephine Knight was accident prone and needed to save her cuts from infection. Her husband, Earle Dickson, wanted to help. He… Continue Reading “The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention (Really) by Barry Wittenstein”

A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights by Kate Hannigan and Alison Jay

Summary Did you know there was a time when girls were not allowed to speak in front of an audience at school? During the mid 1800’s, Belva Lockwood saw this happening and knew it was wrong. She decided to end this oppression by teaching… Continue Reading “A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights by Kate Hannigan and Alison Jay”

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer

Summary Where does creativity come from? Steve Jobs once said it evolves from “connecting things.” The story of Ada Lovelace supports this idea. Energized by a curious imagination as a child, Ada designed fantastic creations. Her mother worried about Ada’s wild notions and sent… Continue Reading “Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer”

Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs by Susan Hughes

Summary When was the last time you paid attention to the activities in your town? What did you notice? What did you appreciate? Jane Jacobs, an author and an activist, was fascinated by the intricacies of city life. As a child, she wondered how… Continue Reading “Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs by Susan Hughes”

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood

Summary From the author of the incredible book Ada’s Violin, Susan Hood invites us into the world of female innovators and activists. This book highlights, in poetic verse, the stories of fourteen young women that made a huge difference in the lives of women. Shaking… Continue Reading “Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood”

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