Bibliographic Information: Nelson, K. (2011). Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. New York: Balzer & Bray.
Short Annotation: This book gives us an insight of the hardships and prosperity African-Americans went through in America. It discusses slavery from a perspective of a slave and the civil rights movement from a person who lived it.
Genre: Historical Non-Fiction
Grade Level: 3-12
Readers who will like this book: readers who are interested in learning about African-American history and teachers teaching about African American history
Rating/Response: 4; I like that the book includes illustrations that allows children to connect to the reading. And even though the book is sort of along, children will be able to read and understand it.
Text-Dependent Question: What did you learn after reading the pages on inventors and innovations?
Reading Strategy: KWL Chart- this strategy helps students think about what they know, want they want to know, and learned about African-American history. The strategy is an appropriate instructional match for his book because it starts students with thinking of what they already know. It then helps them develop questions they may have about the topic. And while you are reading children may pay close attention to the book because they are looking for answers to their questions. After reading the topic, the children can be able to write down what they learned and even have a discussion of what they thought was interesting.