Session plan for interest level: 2, 3


Learn about Booker T. Washington’s early life and then his difficult journey to find higher learning at Hampton Institute.


The session also focuses on the biography as a book type. A biography graphic organizer provides a way to record information found in the book.

Working first from the cover of the book, introduce Booker T. Washington to your student. Explain that this is a biography and why. Read the book together, pausing to discuss the characters’ feelings as the story progresses. Complete the graphic organizer together. Discuss what we mean by character traits and look through the book to find adjectives reflective of Booker T. Washington’s character.

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Book Information

Fifty Cents and a Dream
By Jabari Asim
Scholastic, ©2012, Illus: Bryan Collier

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