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April 27

Coretta Scott King was born on this day in 1927.

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Coretta Scott King was born on this day in 1927.

Grades 3 – 12
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Born in 1927, Coretta Scott King was well-known as a courageous wife and widow, and for her personal commitment to civil rights across the globe, until her own death in early 2006. In 1970, Mrs. King lent her name to the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, established to honor African American authors and illustrators for outstandingly inspirational and educational contributions. The awards are presented annually by the American Library Association.




Use a list of current and past Coretta Scott King Book Award winners as a booklist for a book report assignment. The rich variety of literature offers something for all tastes, including nonfiction, fiction, short stories, biographies, and more. First have each student select a book from the list and then have students complete one of these book report alternatives from ReadWriteThink:



  • Coretta Scott King Award

    This American Library Association page provides a brief history of the Coretta Scott King Award. There is information about the seal's design, a timeline of milestones and links to the list of current and past winners.


  • Coretta Scott King

    This resource from the Academy of Achievement includes a biography of Coretta Scott King, celebrating her civil right achievements. A transcript and video clips from an interview with King are also included.


  • Celebrate a People!

    The Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute offers this curriculum unit on teaching with African-American picture books. Suggested reading lists for both students and teachers are included.



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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Graphing Plot and Character in a Novel

In this graphical mapping project, students assign a value to the events, characters, and themes in a novel and think about how the elements of the story are all interconnected.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Flying to Freedom: Tar Beach and The People Could Fly

Students look to the past and use historical context to compare and contrast two characters from folktales.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Inferring How and Why Characters Change

Students will really get into character when they read short stories and analyze the how's and why's of characters' behaviors.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Press Conference for Bud, Not Buddy

Students read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, demonstrate comprehension of the story by involving themselves in discussions, and analyze the characters in preparation for a class "press conference."