Title: Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African-Americans
Citation: Nelson, K. (2014). Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African-Americans. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
Annotation: This story is of African-American history. The book starts by talking about the Declaration of Independence and slavery. Then the book ends with talking about Martin Luther King Jr. and how Barak Obama is the first black President of the United States.
Grade Level: 6th- 8th grade
Readers who would like this book: This book would be a good book for any student who would like to learn more about African-American history. This book would also be good to teach in a classroom where the topic is African-American history, Slavery, Civil Rights, or Martin Luther King Jr. However I think this book should particularly only be used in upper elementary school or middle school classrooms. As the content is a bit mature and the layout of the words are in big paragraphs which may be harder for lower elementary students to read.
Response and Rating: I would rate this book a 10. I think this book is very informational and talks a lot about different times in African-American history. I think this would be a great book for middle school students to read, especially when learning about the topics that the book discusses.
Text Dependent Question: Who is telling the story?
Reading Strategies Connection: The Reading Strategy I would use for this book is the Grand Conversations Strategy. To begin students are asked to draw pictures or write reading logs about what they thought about the story. Then the class is broken into small groups to talk about the story. Then the whole class comes together in one large group again and then the class again discusses the book and what their thoughts were about the book. The students will take turns sharing their thoughts, ideas, questions, and connections they have. Then at the end the teacher will ask the students questions about some of the key details that may have been missed in the conversation. The Strategy ends with the teacher drawing conclusions about the story and the students writing in their reading log about what was discussed during the Grand Conversations. I think this would be a good strategy to use with this book as Heart and Soul has a lot of different ideas and stories combined into one that need to be discussed, and one way to do that is to discuss these stories as a group.