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Joe Louis - Educational Lesson - Level 3

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Considered the first African American to accomplish the astonishing goal of becoming a hero in the U.S. several decades before the civil rights movement, Joe Louis was the world heavyweight champion of boxing from 1937-1949. Known as the "Brown Bomber", Louis is ranked as the number one boxing heavyweight of all-time by the International Boxing Research Organization. Students will find inspiration with this reading comprehension lesson about Joe Louis and can test their critical thinking skills with the questions that follow.

Three fun facts about Joe Louis:

  • He fought seventy-one boxing matches in his career, only losing three.
  • His first defeat was at the hands of German boxer Max Schmeling, a follower of Adolf Hitler.
  • When he became world champion, 100,000 Harlem residents celebrated in the streets.

 Harlem Roots Lesson: Level Three

Recommend for students that enjoy reading and want an enhanced reading experience on the topic they are studying. The reading comprehension lesson contains one fact-filled lesson of approximately 500 words with ten questions to ensure a strong understanding of the lesson. You will also receive an answer key.

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