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Biographies for Grades 3-5

last modified on 12/21/2010

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Do you wonder what life is like for famous musicians, athletes, activists, presidents, or soldiers? Find out about their life stories by reading these biographies. Along with each book you can find free teaching resources, such as lesson plans, extension activities, book talks and discussion questions at Scholastic.com. Created by Scholastic Teacher Consultant Michelle Higgins, an elementary school teacher in New Jersey.

Total: 13
Status: Public
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"Wanted Dead or Alive": The True Story of Harriet Tubman

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Autobiography and Biography

Resources: Yes

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And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?

by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Margot Tomes

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.1

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Autobiography and Biography

Resources: Yes

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Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra

by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Autobiography and Biography

Resources: Yes

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Frederick Douglass Fights for Freedom

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Autobiography and Biography, Informational

Resources: Yes

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Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.3

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Historical Fiction

Resources: Yes

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I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King

(Scholastic Biography)

Interest Level: Grades 2 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Autobiography and Biography

Resources: Yes

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Parallel Journeys

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 12

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Autobiography and Biography

Resources: Yes

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Rosa

by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Interest Level: Grades 4 - 7

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.1

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Autobiography and Biography

Resources: Yes

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Satchmo's Blues

by Alan Schroeder, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Informational, Biography, Biography and Autobiography

Resources: Yes

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Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark

Interest Level: Grades 2 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Autobiography and Biography

Resources: Yes

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The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Brian Selznick

Interest Level: Grades K - 4

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.3

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Autobiography and Biography

Resources: Yes

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The Story of George Washington Carver

by Eva Moore, illustrated by Alexander Anderson

Interest Level: Grades 2 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Autobiography and Biography

Resources: Yes

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Through My Eyes

by Ruby Bridges, edited by Margo Lundell

Interest Level: Grades 4 - 7

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.6

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Autobiography and Biography

Resources: Yes

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