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Siddhartha Gautama: "The Buddha"

Lisa Zamosky (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433390517

Siddhartha Gautama was born to an Indian king and later changed Indian culture through his beliefs. This inspiring biography allows readers to explore the incredible life of Siddartha Gautama and learn how he later became known as "The Buddha". Buddhism, the Four Noble Truths, and the Eightfold Path are discussed through captivating facts and sidebars, interesting images and photos, and supportive text. An accommodating index and glossary aid in the better understanding of the content and vocabulary. Through the easy-to-read text, readers will also learn about the Indian caste system, Buddhist monks, and how people believe the state of nirvana can be reached.

John Locke: Philosopher of the Enlightenment

Patrice Sherman (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433383816

In 1689, John Locke wrote that individuals had the right to "life" and "liberty." Soon, his ideas spread across the world and helped create a new system of rule. In this engaging biography, readers learn about the inspiring life of John Locke and his role in the Enlightenment. Featuring brilliant images and fascinating facts, this book will have readers eager to learn more about Locke's incredible life. The supportive text, glossary, and index combine to give readers the tools they'll need to better understand such topics as the Glorious Revolution and empiricism.

Cecil Rhodes: The Man Who Expanded an Empire

Sandy Phan (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433383830

In this biography, readers will discover the remarkable journey of Cecil Rhodes from England to the diamond mines, parliament houses, and battlefields of Africa. The stunning facts, vibrant images, and engaging sidebars work in conjunction with the supportive text and helpful glossary and index to give readers a look into the Age of Imperialism and into Rhodes' life as he ventured into diamond mining, created the De Beers diamond company, started a scholarship fund, settled Rhodesia, and shaped policies that limited the rights of black South Africans through his belief in Social Darwinism.

Geoffrey Chaucer: Medieval Writer

Joanne Mattern (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433383731

Geoffrey Chaucer was a British poet during the Middle ages and is still considered one of the greatest English writers of all time. Through this intriguing biography, readers will learn about Chaucer's life as he took part in the Hundred Years War, worked for King Edward III, and went on to write the well-known collection, "The Canterbury Tales". Featuring lively illustrations, fascinating facts and sidebars, easy to read text, an accommodating glossary, and helpful index, this book will have readers excited and eager to learn more about this influential author.

Bad Guys and Gals of the High Seas

Dona Herweck Rice (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433383441

Elementary readers learn about famous pirates and pirate history in this interesting and informative nonfiction reader. Through colorful images, fascinating facts, informational text, and compelling stories, children will learn about famous pirates such as Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, Black Bart, Edward Low, Lady Mary Killigrew, and Mrs. Cheng.

Bad Guys and Gals of the Wild West

Dona Herweck Rice (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433383458

Robbery, gunfights, murder--outlaws ran rampant all across the Wild West! Readers will be introduced to some of the most famous robbers and outlaws of the Wild West in this enthralling nonficton title. With vivid images, informational text, and incredible facts and stories about such well-known figures as Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, and Jesse James, readers will be engaged from cover to cover!

Bad Guys and Gals of the Ancient World

Dona Herweck Rice (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433383465

Introduce readers to some of the most well-known criminals and tyrants of the past with this fascinating nonfiction book! Featuring intriguing facts and theories, colorful images, and informational text in conjunction with a glossary of terms, a bibliography, and a list of helpful websites with more information, readers will want to learn all they can about ancient history and the bad guys and gals from the past.

Helen Keller: A New Vision

Tamara Hollingsworth (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433383298

In this inspiring biography, readers will learn about the incredible journey of Helen Keller. Using informational text and expressive images and photos, readers will discover the undeniable determination that Keller had as a young deaf and blind girl and how her teacher, Anne Sullivan, helped her to read, write, speak, and graduate from college. With a timeline, a bibliography, and a glossary of terms, children are given the tools they need to expand their knowledge about this fascinating and inspiring woman.

Nelson Mandela: Leading the Way

Tamara Hollingsworth (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433383304

Nelson Mandela helped create a new world for South Africa in his fight against apartheid. Readers will learn about Mandela's fight for peace and equality and how he used peaceful protests to make his way from a political prisoner to the first South African President of Africa in this nonfiction biography. Featuring colorful images, informational text, timelines, a glossary of terms, and an index, readers are sure to be inspired by Mandela's amazing life.

Anne Frank: A Light in the Dark

Tamara Hollingsworth (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433383311

Anne Frank's diary has become one of the most widely read books in the world. Readers will learn about Anne as she went into hiding from the Nazi Party in this nonficiton title. Through vibrant images, informational text, timelines, and a glossary of terms, readers will discover the hardships Anne and her family went through in order to avoid being sent to a concentration camp. This inspiring biography enables children to look up to Anne and find hope in every situation, just as she did.

Jane Goodall

William B. Rice (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433380372

Jane Goodall had a passion to learn about animals. Readers will learn all about her adventurous life among chimpanzees and other primates in this inspiring nonfiction biographical title. Children will be fascinated by the vibrant images, stimulating facts, and accessible glossary that will assist in vocabulary improvement.

Mohandas Gandhi

Dona Rice (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433380358

Mohandas Gandhi was one of the world's great leaders who used nonviolent resistance to protest against the caste system. Readers will learn all about his life, Hinduism, and the amazing things he accomplished in this inspiring nonfiction biographical title. Children will be fascinated and enlivened through interesting facts, vivid images, a helpful timeline, and a glossary that assists in improving vocabulary.

Roberto Clemente

Dona Rice (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433380365

Roberto Clemente is remembered as a one of the greatest baseball players who ever lived, but more than that, he was also a man who believed in equality for all. Readers will learn about his incredible life in this inspiring nonfiction biographical title. Children will enthusiastically want to learn all they can about Roberto's amazing life as the first Puerto Rican in major league baseball through vibrant images, intriguing facts, a helpful timeline, and a glossary that will assist in vocabulary improvement.

Aaron Burr: More Than a Villain

Brian McGrath (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781425863654

Uncover the fascinating facts that led to the murder of Alexander Hamilton in the book, Aaron Burr. This primary source reader informs students about what made these two historical men enemies and how Burr worked both the Federalist and the Republican parties to become Vice President of the United States. Included are letters, photographs, newspaper articles, maps, and other primary sources that will captivate students while building their critical-literacy skills.

George Washington and His Right-Hand Man

Stephanie Kraus (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781425863661

Discover captivating historical facts in this informational text that focuses on the life and times of George Washington and his partnership with his secretary and “right-hand man,” Alexander Hamilton. This nonfiction reader includes letters, photographs, newspaper articles, maps, and other primary sources that will captivate middle school students while building their critical-literacy skills.

20th Century Superstar: Curie

Elizabeth Cregan (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781425835019

Marie Curie was one of the greatest scientists the world has ever known. This biography details the fascinating life of the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. Learn all about this 20th century superstar with this high-interest book! The intriguing sidebars feature fun facts that challenge students to think more deeply about the topics and develop higher-order thinking. Informational text features include a table of contents, captions, bold font, an extensive glossary, and a detailed index to deepen understanding and build academic vocabulary. The Try It! culminating activity requires students to connect back to the text, and the Reader's Guide provides opportunities for additional language-development activities. Aligned with McREL, WIDA/TESOL, and state standards, this title readies students for college and career.

Benjamin Franklin

Wendy Conklin (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743987554

Many people know that Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity. In this captivating biography, readers learn the role he played in colonial America. Through easy-to-read text, fascinating facts, and engaging images, children will discover the amazing life Franklin had and learn how he made his way from being an apprentice at his brother's printshop to an international diplomat. Readers will be engaged and eager to learn about the impact he made on early America through his contribution to the First Continental Congress and the Declaration of Independence.

Moctezuma, Aztec Ruler

Wendy Conklin, M.A. (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743904575

Moctezuma was the most famous leader of the powerful Aztec empire. The Aztecs were expert warriors. Most of central Mexico was under their rule at one time. Moctezuma was elected as the ruler of the empire. He was a fair leader who believed in strictly following the laws. He ruled for 17 years until the fall of the Aztec empire.

Mansa Musa, Leader of Mali

Lisa Zamosky

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743904391

Mansa Musa was the king of Mali. Located in western Africa, Mali became one of the largest empires during Musa's reign. He helped his empire grow in size and culture by encouraging arts, literature, and architecture. He improved trade with the Arab and opened up other trade routes. During Musa's reign, he made Mali a powerful and wealthy state.

Hammurabi, Babylonian Ruler

Christine Mayfield, M.S., Kristine M. Quinn, M.S. (authors)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743904414

Hammurabi was a king of Babylon, but he wanted to rule the entire area of Mesopotamia. After only five years of being king, Hammurabi reached his goal. During his reign, Hammurabi did many things to improve and influence both the culture and government of Mesopotamia.

Confucius, Chinese Philosopher

Wendy Conklin, M.A., Gisela Lee, M.A. (authors)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743904377

Confucius was a philosopher who devoted his life to relieving the suffering he saw. His philosophy stressed the natural order of a moral, just, society. After his death, his followers shared his teachings, influencing future generations.

Socrates, The Greek Philosopher

Lisa Zamosky

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743904353

Socrates was an ancient Greek philosopher who helped shape Greek beliefs. Socrates believed his purpose in life was to gain wisdom and find the truth by asking questions. Socrates made many people over his methods of teaching. He was arrested and sentenced to death. But, many of Socrates's ideas and beliefs can still be found today.

Siddharta Gautama, The Buddha

Lisa Zamosky

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743904315

Siddhartha Gautama was born to the king of a tribe in Northern India. An astrologer told his father that Gautama would either become a king or he would leave his riches behind to save humanity. His father sheltered him from all of the poverty in the streets. When Gautama finally left his palace he saw the suffering of people and wanted to change the world. He started the religion called Buddhism.

Early America: Abigail Adams

Jill K. Mulhall (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743987868

Abigail lived during times which were much more difficult for women than today. Despite this fact, Abigail Adams traveled, believed in women's rights, and experienced the American Revolution. A devoted wife, mother, and American patriot, Abigail influenced history by helping her husband, John, make important decisions.

Early America: Christopher Columbus

Wendy Conklin (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743987417

Christopher Columbus set out on August 3, 1492, to find the East by sailing west. Over the course of a few years, he convinced the king and queen of Spain to pay for his trip, promising them fame and riches in return. Columbus discovered more than he bargained for—he had found a new continent.