Claims to Fame includes biographies of famous people and quizzes on their life. Students will develop reading, thinking, and writing skills as they learn. Three exercises-Thinking about What You Have Read, Working With Words, and Writing Skills- check comprehension, expand vocabulary, and offer writing opportunities. The brief stories, running from one-and-a-half to three pages as the series advances, are accompanied by black-and-white photos showing the person or their work. Preceding each story is a question that leads students to reflect on what they already know about the topic of the story. Vocabulary words are highlighted and then defined after the reading selection. Book 2 includes: Jerry Yang, businessman; Elizabeth Cochrane, journalist; Dr. Susan Scott, sports team physician; Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, surgeon; Patricia Jean Billings, inventor; Jose Marti,journalist,poet,and patriot; Katherine Switzer, runner; Al Hirschfeld,cartoonist; Sarah Breedlove Walker, businesswoman; Sam Wanamaker, actor; Dr Sara Josephine Baker, physician; Maya Lin, architect and sculptor; Jaime Laredo, musician; Eliza Lucas Pinckney, plantation manager.
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