Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald

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Bibliographic Information: Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald.  Written by Roxane Orgill and illustrated by Sean Qualls.  Candlewick Press, c. 2010.

Reading Level: 820L

Synopsis:  This biography written about Ella Fitzgerald’s life follows her from a young girl trying to make change as a dancer, to a young woman who is writing and singing number one hits.  It shows how Ella Fitzgerald never gave up on her dreams and made it through many hard times to get where she did.

Rationale for Classroom Use:  This story would be great to use in the classroom to teach children to never give up on their dreams and to persevere.  It would also be a wonderful addition for a read-aloud to use during Black History month.

Common Core Connection:  This biography could be used with another biography about Ella Fitzgerald to compare and contrast.  It could also be used to explain the sequence of events in the text.

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This entry was posted on June 5, 2013 by in Informational Texts and tagged , , , .

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