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Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry by Ashley Bryan
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Wonderful book of African American poetry. This compilation of poetry discusses issues such civil rights movement, slavery, and other struggles that African Americans faced in the United States. This book can be highlighted during Black History Month ...more
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
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The students in my class and I read this book as a way to learn more about African American history. This book relates to African American history and important ways that Blacks contributed to the U.S. It also discussed important issues such as slave ...more
This New Land by G. Clifton Wisler
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Book that tells the story of America through the use of poems. The poems can integrate into a social studies lesson about American history and can also relate to literacy because it highlights important characteristics of a poem such as, repetition, ...more
A Picnic in October by Eve Bunting
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Great story that tells some American history is a fun engaging way. May students may be able to relate to this story because they may have visited a historical site that they may not have seen the importance of it right away. The history of Ellis Isl ...more
I Was Dreaming to Come to America by Veronica  Lawlor
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Great book that was touching and told real stories. I remember going to Ellis Island as a field trip in Middle School, so this would be a great book to read, that can relate to a real place students could possibly travel to. An immigration unit or ju ...more
Squashed in the Middle [With Book] by Elizabeth Winthrop
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Squashed in the Middle is about an African American girl who tells about the struggle and issues of being a middle child in her family. This was a great picture book that younger elementary students would enjoy. This book can tie in a family structur ...more
Immigrant Kids by Russell Freedman
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This book had very intense and controversial pictures of child labor. The photography was phenomenal and very touching. This book shows true, real accounts of what some immigrant children had to go through. This could relate to a social studies unit ...more
Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
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This book was an interesting easy to read novel for upper grades. Students could read this book as part of an immigration unit and create their own letters to a friend from an immigrants view point. This book has good imagery and is very engaging to ...more
Fa Mulan by Robert D. San Souci
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Although this book was not my favorite Mulan rendition. It could be incorporated into social studies to begin discussing the role of women in ancient China. This book is one of several storied involving the character Mulan and students would enjoy re ...more
When Marian Sang by Pam Muñoz Ryan
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This book discusses the Civil Rights Movement and highlights some important African American history. Marian Anderson is not widely known and this would be a good book to incorporate into Social Studies to celebrate the African American culture outsi ...more
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