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Izola Ware Curry - Educational Lesson - Level 1

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In 1958, an African-American women named Izola Ware Curry tried to assassinate Martin Luther King, Jr. at a book signing in Harlem. Unfortunately, Curry had a history of mental illness and suffered paranoid delusions at the time of the attempted assassination. Although King was stabbed in the chest, he survived until his life was taken in 1968 by another assassin, James Earl Ray. Curry currently resides in a nursing home in Queens, New York.  Students will find this read comprehension lesson about Izola Ware Curry fascinating along with corresponding questions. 

Three fun facts about Izola Ware Curry:

  • She began suffering from paranoid delusions in her 20s.
  • She believed that the NAACP and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were in league with the Communist Party.
  • She never stood trial for her attempted assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Harlem Roots Lesson: Level One

Perfect for students starting to read full paragraphs. Level one lesson contains two short reading comprehension lessons approximately sixty plus words with three questions each as well as the answer key.

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