Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mentor Text: Wilma Unlimited

Time to link up with two of my favorite girls Amanda & Stacia for their Mentor Text Linky! This week's topic is social studies!

I didn't know much about Wilma Rudolph's life until I read this powerful picture book biography. This biography tells the story of a tiny sick girl that overcame an amazing amount of obstacles and health issues to not only be the first in her family to go to college but she made it into the Olympics. She was the first African American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics. It it a powerful story of strength, pride and determination. The author gives us a true inspiring story of a brave woman who did not let circumstances keep her down or limit her life, even though it was very challenging for African-Americans, female athletes, and people with disabilities during this era.

This Caldecott winner has beautiful illustrations and a beautiful message!
My students were very inspired by her story and her perseverance.
This story is perfect to teach theme or character analysis (we did both!).

 Collaboration Cuties have lots of great ideas on their mentor text linky-be sure to stop over and check it out!


  1. This is such a wonderful book, I agree. Such a triumphant true story. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Have a wonderful week--
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  2. I'm always looking for new books about famous people in history. I like introducing the kids to people they haven't heard a lot about. I think Wilma Rudolph is one of those people. Thanks for sharing!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  3. This is a great book. I read it to my third graders, but haven't ever pulled it back out with my 4th graders! I'll have to do that next year. :)
    ideas by jivey

  4. Thanks for reminding me about this inspiring story- I used to read it with my 3rd grade class, but I think my firsties would also enjoy it.
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  5. Love this and I think it will work perfectly with my list! It covers SS and ELA which I need a lot of! Thanks! Have a great day!
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  6. I have heard of this book...I think in my multicultural lit class. Another one to add to the list!

    Literacy Spark

  7. This is a great book! We used this in a staff development about mentor texts several years ago! It's a very inspiring book!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  8. I will be using this book next year to teach my students about perseverance - thanks so much for the book suggestion, I had never heard of it before!

  9. This is amazing! 5th grade just finished up a reading unit about perseverence and overcoming obstacles! We are going to watch the movie "Soul Surfer" to culminate the activity. I would love to share this book with my class. :)

  10. I had forgotten about about this book. Thanks for the reminder! It is a really great book about overcoming hardship. Love it!

    Teacher at the Wheel

  11. I hadn't heard of this book, but I will definitely be checking it out!

    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road


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