Biography (nonfiction) 1,143 words, Level S (Grade 3), Lexile 810L.When Shirley Chisholm entered the world of politics in the early 1960s, she faced intense criticism and discrimination. As the first African American woman elected to Congress, Chisholm fought hard for equality for all. She then took that fight to the national stage when she became a presidential candidate. Shirley Chisholm introduces students to the legacy of an impactful and courageous person who forever changed the face of American politics. The book can also be used to teach students how to discern the author's point of view and to effectively summarize.
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