Sunday, April 28, 2013

Freedom Summer {Must Read Mentor Text}

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. 


  1. Courtney~ This looks like a great book!
    It would be a great supplement with the stories we read in our basal on Rosa Parks. Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower.
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  2. I've never seen this book, but it looks perfect for the time period that I teach! My wish list is growing today! Great suggestion. :)
    I'm a new follower. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. This is such a great book! I have also seen it used as mentor text to teach questioning. Great for both! I found your blog through the linky and I'm your newest follower! :o)


  4. I have never heard of this book. It sounds like a perfect addition to my classroom library. I will have to add this to my order list. Thank you for sharing.

    Foreman Teaches

  5. What a beautiful book this seems to be. If you want more on this topic-- try Henry's Freedom Box. It is set during Civil War times, but is quite amazing. I also love The Other Side which tells about the friendship between girls of different races. I am your newest follower!

  6. This book looks great. I read The Other Side with my class (like teachersareterrific)-I think I will need to add this one to my unit as well.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  7. This looks like a wonderful story to add to my collection! Powerful message... Thanks so much for sharing!

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  8. This looks like a great book!! These concepts really are sooooo hard for kids to understand. And, it can be difficult to teach. I love that you shared a book that makes it easier!

    Thank you for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  9. I love this book. I use this book during Black History Month. You are right these are really hard concepts for kids to understand.

    Looking From Third to Fourth


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