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Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing

Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing

by James Rumford

The story of Sequoyah is the tale of an ordinary man with an extraordinary idea: to create a writing system for the Cherokee Indians and turn his people into a nation of readers and writers. The task he set for himself was daunting. Sequoyah knew no English and had no idea how to capture speech on paper. But slowly and painstakingly, ignoring the hoots and jibes of his neighbors and friends, he worked out a system that surprised the Cherokee Nation and the world of the 1820s with its beauty and simplicity.

James Rumford's Sequoyah is a poem to celebrate literacy, a song of a people's struggle to stand tall and proud.

8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
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Guided Reading
Houghton Mifflin Company
Number of Pages
Biography and Autobiography

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James Rumford

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