I'm teaming up again with Collaboration Cuties for their Must Read Mentor Text Linky. This week we're focusing on Social Studies. I love books that have to do with slavery, the Underground Railroad, and segregation. I don't love them necessarily because of the topics, but many of them are written in a way that make these grave topics real for students. At the 2nd and 3rd grade level, some students have not been exposed to U.S. history, after all, we're just trying to figure out the difference between a city and state! So...I had to pick 2 texts today (I know, I know...I'm totally breaking the rules here!).
The first one is Henry's Freedom Box. This story is based on an actual man named Henry who had faced the slave trade and lost his family to another slave owner. Henry is so determined for freedom that he was going to mail himself north to a safer state. Yes, mail himself! It's a riveting tail that makes you hurt, ache, and cry for the character, but then end with smiles, joy, and relief once he makes it.
My second book is The Other Side. I came across this book this year. What a I love about the book is how the illustrator portrays the characters through her watercolor art. The reader can learn so much just by looking at the pictures and discerning the meaning of the story.
As you can see on the front cover there is a fence that divides the African American side of town where Clover lives and the white side of town where Anna lives. The fence continues to be a symbolic part of the book, and the students love this book. It really elicits great conversation.
I hope you all have these books in your libraries or own them already...they really are must haves! Have a wonderful Sunday!