Hello Everybody! The world mourns the loss of the great Nelson Mandela. I made this unit to help teachers address this current event in their classroom. As with all my products its listed at 50% off the 48 hours of posting. My husband wrote the passages. We have family in South Africa. Needless-to-say this unit is near and dear to our hearts. I’ve never been there so I am not an expert in South African history. There is so much to share about him. Yet there are many sensitive topics difficult to address in an elementary classroom.
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I found a nice You Tube video highlighting his life. In the video you can hear and see live clips of him speaking. I watched the whole thing— so I would like to say that the mentions his Christian faith and addresses other sensitive topics not addressed in the passages. Click here to see it. Watch it before sharing with any students. This way you can decide whether or not it is appropriate for your classroom.
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The passages do not include any reference to his passing. They highlight his life, his work, his impact on the world, and South Africa. The passages can be used for Close Reading. I have included each passage with and without border so you can annotate the text.
The unit has a full answer key, three passages, three pages of questions, one fact page, and Lexile, DRA, and Fountas & Pinnell correlation chart.
Each of the texts are leveled using Lexile measures.
Full Answer Key
3 Pages of Questions
1 Fact Page
Text Complexity Bands and Associated Ranges Chart with DRA and Fountas & Pinnell leveling correlations.
Text 1 The History of South African Apartheid: Lexile 860: Word Count 275
Text 2 Nelson Mandela: Lexile 790: Word Count 281
Text 3 Today’s South Africa: Lexile 860: Word Count 283