This noteworthy book leads the reader through the days of the week as lived by slaves in New Orleans, Louisiana. Weatherford welcomes the youngest of readers to learn about slavery by using an engaging poetic pattern and a predictable text structure.
The foreword, written by author Freddi Williams Evans, presents a detailed account of Congo Square's history.
Use the Understanding Text Structure Task Cards to explore the poetic format the author uses to teach readers about slavery.
Imagine running for your freedom in the dead of night, hypersensitive to the sounds of the dark, hoping not to get caught. You trust an obscured map sewn in a quilt to help guide you to safety.
This story is told in verse about how one young slave desperately ran for her life to find freedom.
Pair this book with Henry’s Freedom Box: A Story From the Underground Railroad to compare the different ways in which brave African-Americans escaped slavery.
There once was a bookstore that was like no other in our country’s history. The store was opened around 1930 by Lewis Henri Michaux where he sold books written by and about African Americans.
Michaux wanted everyone to understand the power of knowledge. He encouraged his neighbors to read books, ask questions and learn more about events in American history that should be remembered.
Pair this book with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba; the perfect example of why reading for knowledge is powerful.
Use the Retelling and Summarizing Task Cards for both books to practice using an essential reading comprehension strategy.
When brave people plant seeds to make a difference, it takes courageous people to make the seeds grow.
This story chronicles the peaceful, yet powerful, movements that occurred in Huntsville, Alabama in the 1960s. The events in this book will provoke children to ask questions about a time in history that was not too long ago.
Pair this book with the Retelling and Summarizing lessons in The Other Side Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources to practice recounting the historical events that happened in both books.
Author Doreen Rappaport has an extraordinary way of writing stories around important phrases spoken and written by historical figures.
Marrying Rappaport’s talent with Martin Luther King’s quotes makes for an outstanding book about the Civil Rights Movement.
Pair this book with other books written by Rappaport for a study of text structure and illustration.
Have you had the pleasure of reading this oldie but goodie aloud to a group of children?
You will feel like you are playing right along with Charlie Parker and his jazz band. The words create music all on their own with a beat that makes you want to snap your fingers and tap your feet.
Pair this book with another musical adventure entitled "This Jazz Man" by Karen Ehrhardt. This is another book that will make you want to dance as you read about notable jazz players; including Charlie Parker.
Melba Liston loved playing the trombone. She was an exceptionally talented player. Some didn’t see her that way, though. The color of her skin and her gender bothered people. They treated Liston unfairly, and she almost quit playing the trombone.
Fortunately, her friends convinced her to play wherever she could find an audience, and her travels took her around the world.
Pair this book with the Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources for Amazing Grace to make connections with the literature.