How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman
reading this book, you can reinforce that Wilma was indeed a real
person who overcame such great obstacles by showing this You Tube video of her life.
It's short (4 minutes) and simple--great for making this heroic story
even more real for your students.
Lesson Idea:YOU are
love the title of this book -- Wilma
and the message it contains. Students need to see themselves that way
For a little girl with polio to even think that she could win
an Olympic Gold Medal in running would have seemed 'unrealistic' to
most people. But she dreamed big and was determined to make her big
dream come true.
What big dreams do your students have? In this activity,
encourage them to think BIG! Would they like to be the
President of the United States? Break the world record of
home runs in professional baseball? Be the next big star on
the Broadway stage?
you read this book, ask
the students to come up with their big dream. Maybe give them some time
to think about it first (ie: recess)
Have students draw
themselves on the cover doing their 'big dream' and make the
title be "[student name] Unlimited!" (ie..."Alex Unlimited!")
students answer the questionnaire in order to create the 'article' part
of the magazine.
together to create their mini-magazine
Some students may not be familiar with Time magazine, so
before starting this activity, you could talk to the class about how Time Magazine is a
national publication that often features people who have accomplished
something great (US presidents, CEOs, star athletes, etc...) In fact,
if you do a Google images search for "Time Magazine covers", you will
find examples to show. This could help reinforce that making it
onto the cover of Time would
recognition of their hard work in accomplishing their dream. Note:
Dissuade students from having their big
dream be 'winning the lottery' or some other event of chance. Instead,
inform them that their big dream needs
to be an accomplishment, something that they worked hard to achieve. The point of this
exercise is to
reinforce to the students that, like Wilma, if they are determined and
persevere, they can reach even their biggest of dreams.
Magazine: I hope it's okay that we are using your cover. I didn't know
how to go about asking permission. Just think--it's introducing a whole
new generation to your magazine!)
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