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

Queen of the Track


Bibliographic Information: Queen of the Track:Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion. Written by Heather Lang. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Boyds Mills Press c. 2012, 40pp.

Reading Level: 790L

Synopsis: When Alice was a young girl, Alice’s Papa scolded and punished her for running and jumping, because it was not ladylike. When Alice was in seventh grade, the school track coach noticed her talent and brought her to a track competition with people from all over Alabama. Alice won first place and has been running competitively ever since then, eventually winning an Olympic gold medal in 1948.

Rationale for Use: This informational biography would help younger students learning about biographies or older students researching influential people within the context of civil rights or women’s rights.  

Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.


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This entry was posted on June 18, 2013 by in Informational Texts and tagged , , , .

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