Bibliographic Information: Nelson, K. (2014). Heart and Soul: the Story of America and African Americans. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
Annotation: In this book, the story of African Americans and their history in American is told alongside beautiful illustrations. The struggles as well as the achievements of African Americans are at the center of the story.
Grade Level: 6-7th Grade
Readers who would like this: Readers who are a bit older and reading chapter books are more likely to enjoy this book. It’s more dense then the usual picture book, so it will require more concentration. Also, any reader who enjoys American history will enjoy this book.
Rating and Response: I would rate this book 4/4. For the appropriate age group/reading level, this book is an entertaining read, yet it still achieves the purpose of providing information about the history of African Americans.
Text-Dependent Questions: What significant roles did African Americans play in WWII?
Literacy Strategy: Literature-Based Reading Activities Chapter 3- DuringReading Activities
Activity= Double Entry Journal (pg. 84)
With this activity, students respond to the interesting information they find within the text and record them in a journal. One side of the page is dedicated to the information and the other to the response. This allows students to select what they find interesting and react to it.