Same But Different ...

Posted by Big Universe on Jan 9, 2012 1:23:19 PM

As we approach a day designated to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. I wanted to share some books designed to help students learn about this great man in history and his beliefs.

On Big Universe Learning, I found the Martin Luther King, Jr. Graphic Biography. I had not encountered that type of book before. I previously wrote a blog post describing some characteristics of graphic novel, so I was interested to read a graphic biography.

Here is the description of the book and collection from the Big Universe Learning site:

Fast-paced and easy-to-read, these softcover 32-page graphic biographies teach students about historical figures: those who lead us into new territory, pursued scientific discoveries; battled injustice and prejudice; and broke down creative and artistic barriers. These biographies offer a variety of rich primary and secondary source material to support teaching to standards.

Using the graphics, students can activate prior knowledge—bridge what they already know with what they have yet to learn. Graphically illustrated biographies also teach inference skills, character development, dialogue, transitions, and drawing conclusions. Graphic biographies in the classroom provide an intervention with proven success for the struggling reader.

From Teacher Created Materials on Big Universe, the Martin Luther King, Jr, book highlights another aspect of his beliefs:

Martin Luther King Jr. grew up knowing that there needed to be a change in the way that African Americans were treated, and he held a dream from the time he was a young boy that he would help make that change happen. Unlike most of the activists in the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr. was committed to nonviolence.

Another book you can find on Big Universe Learning, Martin Luther King Jr.: A life of fairness is from the People of Character collection from Bellwether Publishers:

Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed about a day when people would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. This book introduces young readers to a man who fully believed in fairness.

These books may share the same subject, but they present the information in various ways for different purposes.

Topics: Differentiation, Literacy

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