Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson
A biographical picture book of Nelson Mandela told through easy to read verse by award winning author, Kadir Nelson. The words are clear; however the emotion of the message is apparent through his paintings. From his early days of school as a young boy, to college as a young man, the beginnings of his fight for equality in South Africa, marriage to Winnie, his days of hiding, through his years behind bars, his release, and his new life as elected leader. The book concludes with a detailed biography of Nelson Mandela's life, a great support of the story told.
This book would be an incredible read aloud to introduce your students about Nelson Mandela and the struggles of South Africa. This would also make a great resource book to add to your classroom library to assist those completing a written or oral presentation.
In addition, this picture book supports 4th Grade ELA Literacy Common Core State Standards (Reading Standards for Informational Text).
RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
RI.4.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
RI.4.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
RI.4.5 Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
RI.4.8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
RI.4.9 Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
RI.4.10 By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.