To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt

by Doreen Rappaport

In her moving picture book portrait, award-winning author Doreen Rappaport uses her well-honed approach of personal quotes and vivid prose to spin together the tale of a sickly boy who became a monumental man. Coupled with C. F. Payne's dramatic artwork, the story of President Teddy, touchstone of American history, is brought to life.

Activity: Protective President

Direct students to use books and online resources to research an animal that was protected by Roosevelt's bird reservation, national forests, or game preserve. Guide students to write a report that includes the needs of the animal (e.g., food, reproductive cycle, unique traits) and why the habitat is beneficial for the selected animal. Provide time for students to share the facts learned with a partner or small group in class. (Speaking and Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas: SL.CCR.4)

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