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Author-Illustrator Brian Pinkney & MLK

An illustrator’s work helps readers experience the story they are reading in new ways. Each illustration contains an illustrator's own personal style and is often created with layers of meaning. Using colors and various techniques, an illustrator brings words to life. Artists like author-illustrator Brian Pinkney think carefully about each piece they create. Listen to hear an interview with Pinkney as he talks about his creative process, the subjects that interest him, and how he decided to write, and not just illustrate, a book.


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Story Length: 6:31

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • In what ways did Andrew Carnegie’s libraries serve their communities?
  • How did Carnegie benefit from a library when he was growing up?
  • Which personality traits helped propel Carnegie from poverty to riches? Bring specific details from the story to support your ideas.
  • According to Carnegie, what should rich people do with their money and why? Why was Carnegie known as both generous and “brutal”?

Discussion Themes

  • In your opinion, what should really rich people do with their fortunes?
  • What does it take for a person to rise from “rags to riches”?

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Listening Organizers

  • Fact, Question, Response

  • Language Identification Organizer

  • Deeper Meaning Chart