Civil rights text set By Alec Anderson

Rationale

Grade 3.

The text is intended for students. This is an important topic for students to be aware of because it was a key part of our history. In researching why this part of our history is crucial to teach, I came across a helpful website that explains the why in detail.

fiction books

All different Now

By Angela Johnson / Illustrated by E.B. Lewis / Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers / ISBN: 978-0-689-87376-8 / Pages: 40 / Genre: History

Summary

"All Different Now" is about a family that wakes up everyday to work in cotton fields, but one day that all changes. They become free and no longer have to be slaves. This day is now known as Juneteenth.

Teaching points

  • Which of the 5 Reading First components can be used in this text: Overview & Comprehension
  • Standard: SL.3.2 – Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • One of the six areas of language arts used for this text: Listening
  • Objective: After reading the book as a whole class the students will be able to, in their own words, summarize the text verbally.
  • This book, tells a fictional story about a time in our history, slavery. Therefore by summarizing the story the students will better make connections with the actual events that took place in history.

This is the rope

By Jacqueline Woodson / Illustrated by James Ransome / Publisher: Nancy Paulson Books / ISBN: 978-0-399-23986-1 / Pages: 32 / Genre: History

Summary

"This Is the Rope", is a story about a girls grandmother that found a rope when she was a girl. The rope eventually made its way into the hands of the girl.

Teaching points

  • Which of the 5 Reading First components can be used in this text: Overview & Comprehension
  • Standard: W.3.2a – Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.
  • One of the six areas of language arts used for this text: Writing
  • Objective: Students will create their own story that aligns with the "This Is the Rope" story using a given rubric.
  • This fictional story leads us through the importance of family background and knowledge. Culture is apart of all of us, and it is essential for us to be aware and welcoming of all ethnicities.

Belle, the last mule at gee's bend

by Alexander Ramsey & Bettye Stroud / Illustrated by John Holyfield / Publisher: Candlewick Press / ISBN: 978-0-7636-4058-3 / Pages: 32 / Genre: History

Summary

"Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend" is a story about a curious young boy named Alex. One day he meets Miz Pettway and her mule named Belle. He asks the woman why the mule is allowed to eat the collards in her garden. She replies with, "She's a hero here in Gee's Bend" (Ramsey & Stroud, 7). Miz Pettway goes on to tell the story about Belle, and why she is a hero. The mule, Belle, was one of the mules that pulled Martin Luther King Jr.'s casket all the way to his funeral.

Teaching points

  • Which of the 5 Reading First components can be used in this text: Overview & Comprehension
  • Standard: RL.3.2 – Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
  • One of the six areas of language arts used for this text: Reading
  • Objective: Students will record in sequential order about the factual events that took place during Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral.
  • This book took a creative spin on the important events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement. By telling a tale of the great efforts and heroic acts of a mule, it does a great job of connecting the story to the real life happeneings that took place.

Nonfiction books

Freedom on the Menu

By Carole Boston Weatherford / Illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue / Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers / ISBN: 0-8037-2860-3 / Pages: 32 / Genre: History

Summary

"Freedom on the Menu" is a story based on the true events that happened in 1960. African Americans grew tired of being told where they could and couldn't be. This specific story is centered around the 'North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College students that sat down at Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina and asked to be served' (Weatherford, 32).

Teaching Points

  • Which of the 5 Reading First components can be used in this text: Overview & Comprehension
  • Standard: RI.3.3 – Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.uy
  • One of the six areas of language arts used for this text: Reading
  • Objective: Students will be able to describe the events that took place in the 1960, according to our book.
  • This book is a great example of the difficulties that came forth for African Americans during this time. It helps students see what it was actually like to be in their shoes for a day.

as good as anybody

By Richard Michelson / Illustrated by Raul Colon / Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf / ISBN: 978-0-375-83335-9 / Pages: 40 / Genre: History

Summary

"As Good As Anybody" is a story based on true events of the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel. It begins by going through Martin's childhood and how frustrating it was for him to grow up with 'whites only' everywhere he went. Then it takes us to his adult life and what he did to change it. Next was Abraham's story based in Germany during Hitler's dictatorship. It discussed the trials he faced with 'no jews'. These two great people come together and show the rest of the world that everyone is as good as the other.

Teaching points

  • Which of the 5 Reading First components can be used in this text: Overview & Comprehension
  • Standards: W.3.3 – Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
  • One of the six areas of language arts used for this text: Writing
  • Objectives: Student will be able to develop a paper that relates to Martin or Abraham's experiences.
  • This book is a great example of the trials and struggles that different color and ethnicities faced during the Civil Rights Era. It brings it to perspective and provides real life examples.

martin & mahalia

By Andrea Davis Pinkney / Illustrated by Brian Pinkney / Publisher: Little, Brown & Company / ISBN: 978-0-316-07013-3 / Pages: 40 / Genre: History

Summary

"Martin & Mahalia" is a story that takes us through the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahalia Jackson. This beautifully illustrated children's book, tells of the change that Martin and Mahalia made in the 1950s through his hopeful words and her beautiful songs.

Teaching Points

  • Which of the 5 Reading First components can be used in this text: Overview & Comprehension
  • Standard: SL.3.2 – Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • One of the six areas of language arts used for this text: Speaking
  • Objective: Students will be able to present the main points of Martin and Mahalia's lives.
  • This book discusses the lives of two very important people in the Civil Rights Movement. They were the ones that helped give hope to all that were being told they would never be free. Their bravery and courage changed their odds.

Songs by Mahalia jackson

Martin's famous speech

Illustrated books

Granddaddy's turn

By Michael S. Bandy & Eric Stein / Illustrated by James E. Ransome / Publisher: Candlewick Press / ISBN: 978-0-7636-6593-7 / Pages: 32 / Genre: History

Summary

"Granddaddy's Turn" was a touching story about a boy who lived with his grandparents. One day the boy traveled with his granddaddy to town, to find that he was going to vote. Unfortunately, an officer told his grandfather he wasn't allowed so they walked away unable to vote. The grandpa kept telling the boy, "patience, son, patience" (Bandy & Stein, 14). Once the boy grew old enough he went and voted for his granddaddy.

Teaching points

  • Which of the 5 Reading First components can be used in this text: Overview & Comprehension
  • Standard: SL.3.2 – Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • One of the six areas of language arts used for this text: Viewing
  • Objective: Students will be able to determine the main idea of the story "Granddaddy's Turn".
  • This powerful story puts us in the lives of those that were not privileged to have the same rights as most of us do today. The Civil Rights Movement worked so hard to banish and rid of the wall that these characters battled. In the end these people overcame and did just that.

Martin's big words

By Doreen Rappaport / Illustrated Bryan Collier / Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children / ISBN: 0-7868-0714-8 / Pages: 36 / Genre: History

Summary

"Martin's Big Words" is a story based on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and all the amazing things he did to free his people. This book is filled with beautiful illustrations of Martin's life.

teaching points

  • Which of the 5 Reading First components can be used in this text: Overview & Comprehension
  • Standard: RL.3.7 – Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
  • One of the six areas of language arts used for this text: Visually Representing
  • Objective: Students will be able to record the important events of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life following the illustrations and story of the book, "Martin's Big Words".
  • The Civil Rights Movement is centered around the people that started it. Martin Luther King Jr. was a huge part of this movement, therefore this book is an important piece to understanding this important time in our history.

Moses

By Carole Boston Weatherford / Illustrated by Kadir Nelson / Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children / ISBN: 0-7868-5175-9/ Pages: 42 / Genre: History

Summary

"Moses", is an amazing story about the life of Harriet Tubman and her acts of obedience to her God. Through the life like artwork and story this book goes through the long journey Harriet travels to be free. Once she is free she goes back again and again to free her people.

Teaching points

  • Which of the 5 Reading First components can be used in this text: Overview & Comprehension
  • Standard: RL.3.3 – Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
  • One of the six areas of language arts used for this text: Viewing
  • Objectives: Students will be able to recall facts of Harriet Tubman's life according to the book "Moses" through an exit ticket scoring an 8/10.
  • Harriet Tubman was one of the first people to start making a difference in the Civil Rights Movement way back in the 1850s-60s. She is another key person that helped make a difference in this topic.

Alternative

Civil rights in the 1950s

Summary

This video sums up the 1950s time period and the Civil Rights. The speaker takes you through all the important things that took place during that era and also put you in the lives of African Americans.

Teaching points

  • Which of the 5 Reading First components can be used in this text: Overview & Comprehension
  • Standard: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • Objective: Listening
  • The video above puts everything that the students have learned through reading the books into a more complete perspective. Everything this video covers was mentioned in the books so it ties it all together through a history lesson.
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