This page has recommendations on how to use the nonfiction texts on pages 7 and 8, which are designed to build background knowledge for the performance of Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull. Titles & Topics for the Nonfiction Texts: Wilma Rudolph: A Story of Determination Life after the Depression: Little to Live On Polio: A Terrible Disease Segregation: Separate But Equal Nonfiction Text Features: Feel free to do a mini-lesson on nonfiction text features. Each topic has a heading, photo with a caption, and highlight box with questions for discussion. Options to facilitate reading: Some of the vocabulary and content may be challenging for students depending on their grade and reading level. Students can: • Read independently • Follow along while the text is read aloud • Read the text in pairs to support developing readers • Jigsaw the texts so each group reads and discusses a topic and shares with the rest of the class Options to facilitate discussion: Each topic has one to two questions for students to think about. The questions are designed for students to make personal connections to the real life experiences of Wilma Rudolph. They are also springboards for deeper discussions about determination, poverty, illness, and racial inequality Students can: • Respond to the questions individually in writing • Pair-share or talk with their table groups • Engage in a whole class discussion • Jigsaw the texts so each group reads and discusses a topic and shares with the rest of the class
WILMA RUDOLPH: A True Story of Determination
What Do You Think? • What’s most important to you—to have talent or to work hard? Why? • Who are the people in your life who encourage you to succeed?
LIFE AFTER THE GREAT DEPRESSION: Little to Live On
What Do You Think? • How does poverty, or being poor, affect someone’s chance for success?
POLIO: A Feared Disease
What Do You Think? • How would you get around if you couldn’t move your legs? • What are some serious diseases that exist today? • Are there vaccines for these diseases?
SEGREGATION: “Separate but Equal”
What Do You Think? • Have you ever seen someone being treated unfairly for something like the color of their skin? • Look at the picture. What’s the difference between the two drinking fountains? What’s the same?