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Supplement to Strong Inside

This Supplement to Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South helps individuals read a text on an unfamiliar topic and internalize relevant themes from the story. The Vanderbilt University English Language Center (ELC) created this supplement as part of our mission to address the professional, academic, and practical language needs of students who have a first language other than English. Our supplement includes:

  • reading strategies for building background knowledge, previewing the text, skimming the text, and scanning the text
  • textual and stylistic elements to help you find settings, nicknames, and naming of schools
  • a character list of people who were influential in Perry Wallace’s life
  • a timeline of key events in Perry Wallace’s life
  • a plot summary, organized by phase of Perry Wallace’s life
  • a map of locations mentioned in the text
  • naming prejudice worksheets to help you identify the incidents of prejudice in Perry Wallace’s life


The ELC’s Supplement to Strong Inside resource is available for download as an individual document:

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