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Voice of Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
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it was amazing
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1) This book is filled with poems and illustrations that portray the triumphs and trials of Fannie Lou Hamer's upbringing and also a celebration for her being the champion of equal voting rights. Fannie Lou Hamer is not near as well known as Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks, but she is still very important. Hamer grew up as the 20th child of Mississippi sharecroppers, and worked in the fields all day. However she wanted to find a way for black people to have something to show for how they all worked so hard. She went through trials such as experiencing the "night riders" after she attempted to register to vote (with African Americans not able to vote) which resulted in a brutal beating and her arrest. However, Hamer did not give up and persevered through the last last breath she took in 1977.
2) Age Level: 9-12 years old Grade Level: 4th-7th grade
3) Appropriate classroom use of this book: History to teach students the meaning of freedom and standing up for what you believe in
4) Individual students who might benefit from this book would be: students who love learning about times when freedom was not heard of, and the lengths people would go to get freedom
5) Small group use: Small group use of this book could be used for each group to create and put together a poem (the book was composed of different poems) about Fannie Lou Hamer's life and what she experienced, and then they can all share with the class.
6) Whole class use: Discuss what the civil rights movement was and ask what the students know about it, then read the book as a class aloud, using Reader's Theatre involving the whole class to read through the book, and at the end discuss how they would feel if they were in Fannie Lou Hamer's shoes.
7) Related books: Trombone Shorty, Last Stop on Market Street, Finding Winnie
8) Multimedia connections: There is an audible version on Amazon of this book for free, and there are also kid friendly videos on YouTube that show what freedom means from a kid's perspective which I thought would be great to use along with this book in the classroom.
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November 1, 2016 – Started Reading
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November 1, 2016 – Shelved as: book-summaries
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