I'm linking up with Amanda and Stacia at Collaboration Cuties for the first Social Studies edition of their Must Read Mentor Text linky. Since Social Studies is near and dear to my heart I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone else recommends today!
Segregation and integration are two topics that I find my students really struggle to understand. The concept is just so foreign to them and its so difficult for them to even imagine society treating people in such a horrible way! I always find that books help students get a better grasp of this concept and today I'm going to share one of my favorite books to use when talking about the struggles of integration.
This book tells the story of two young boys during the summer their town is integrated. They have such high hopes for doing things together that they never could before, but they are met with some very harsh realities. It does an excellent job showing children the difficulties faced by African Americans even during integration. It is also a beautiful book about friendship.
I hope you enjoy sharing this touching book with your students.