Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt?
For a long time, the main role of First Ladies was to act as hostesses of the White House...until Eleanor Roosevelt. Born in 1884, Eleanor was not satisfied to just be a glorified hostess for her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Eleanor had a voice, and she used it to speak up against poverty and racism. She had experience and knowledge of many issues, and fought for laws to help the less fortunate. She had passion, energy, and a way of speaking that made people listen, and she used these gifts to campaign for her husband and get him elected president-four times! A fascinating historical figure in her own right, Eleanor Roosevelt changed the role of First Lady forever.
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The author of this biography, Gare Thompson, has been writing since the age of nine. He taught a variety of grades before becoming an author full time. He has written numerous books for many different publishers. (This annotation contains a link)
Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt?
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Why does the author, Gare Thompson, include the story of the sinking Britannica?
When reading nonfiction, comparing two people, events, or lifestyles help you understand them better. This video will review comparing and contrasting. (This annotation contains a video)
Daddy’s Little Girl
How is Eleanor different from her mother?
Eleanor will always remember this trip to Italy. She adores her father and loves the time spent with him.
Eleanor is very behind in her schooling, but by the end of the year she is the best reader in her class. What does this tell you about Eleanor's character?
Summarizing is an important reading skill. It helps you see if you can find the most important parts of a chapter or novel. This video will review how to write a good summary. Think about a summary for this chapter as you continue reading. (This annotation contains a video)
How has life changed for Eleanor after her mother's death?
Eleanor's need to explore comes from her parents. The overseas trip they took her on when she was younger inspires the desire in Eleanor. The author does not state this, but you can infer this fact from the details that you read.
Quiz for Section 1
Why is this information on Theodore Roosevelt included in the biograpy of Eleanor?
Years at Allenswood
Good readers ask themselves questions as they read. Do you think it is fair that Eleanor's grandmother sends her back to New York? Do you think it is okay for a young girl to explore a city alone?
How is Eleanor changing from entering the school until now? Include details from the passage to support your answer.
Have you ever felt fearful of something you had to do? Did you share your feelings or keep them to yourself? If you have ever felt this way, then you can connect with Eleanor. This is a text-to-self connections. Here is a video explaining the three kinds of connections you can make with a story. (This annotation contains a video)
Where does Eleanor meet her future husband Franklin?
Marriage and Children
How does Eleanor try to 'win over' her future mother-in-law, Sara?
Here is a photograph of Eleanor and Franklin's wedding party. (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz for Section 2
Why is Eleanor finding her life difficult at this time?
While reading, it is important to use your strategies to ensure comprehension. This video reviews six reading strategies. (This annotation contains a video)
According to Eleanor, how does Lucy change the Roosevelt's marriage?
Think about Eleanor's thoughts she shares in the poem Footprints In Your Heart. Think about the actions Eleanor takes when she learns that Franklin has polio. What does this tell you about Eleanor Roosevelt? Use information from the poem and this biography to support your answer.
Below is a poem that Eleanor Roosevelt wrote. You'll be asked to answer a question about the poem on the next page. (This annotation contains a link)
White House Years
Use the Define feature and read the definition for economy. Which phrase below best describes economy?
The Great Depression was a very difficult time in American history. This website gives you more information about this time period, as well as some videos of Franklin Roosevelt. If you were Eleanor, what advice would you give Franklin in regards to dealing with The Great Depression? (This annotation contains a link)
If Eleanor was not the first lady, why would putting her chair in the aisle lead to her arrest?
Here is the news video of the day Marian Anderson sings. You can see an excited Eleanor Roosevelt in the audience of distinguished guests. (This annotation contains a video)
Eleanor convinces the convention members to choose her husband and Henry Wallace. This shows the respect people have for her and her powers of persuasion.
What is Franklin Roosevelt the first to do as President of the United States?
Ambassador to the World
Eleanor has lived in the White House for 12 years. Now she has to move out so Truman's family can move in. How do you think she feels about moving out?
Here is a short video biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. (This annotation contains a video)
What additional information did you learn from the video that helps you better understand Eleanor Roosevelt?
Quiz for Section 3