Bibliographic information: Levy, D., & Brantley-Newton, V. (2013). We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song. New York, N.Y.: Disney.
Annotation: This is about oppression of African Americans after slavery to present day. It describes the things that African Americans had to go through to get where they are today, and some of the things that they are still going through.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grade Level: 1-3
Readers who will like this book: People learning about life after slavery, and people learning about African American history.
Personal Response and Rating: 5/5. I think this is a great brief history of how African Americans have struggled and are still struggling for full freedom, and equality. It was also interesting how this struggle traveled through song around the world.
Text Dependent Question: Was it only African Americans fighting for freedom of African Americans? How did the word get spread about African American oppression?
Strategy: #13 Exclusion Brainstorming
This strategy has students brainstorm and choose which vocabulary from the list they think relates to the topic that they will be learning. Students work as a whole class or in small groups and then share with the whole class so that they learn from each other’s ideas. Teachers prepare a word list, read the list with the students, students learn about the topic, and then they check the list.
I think this strategy would work well here because it fits in the social studies category. This book might contain vocabulary that students are unfamiliar with. They might be able to associate the terms with these events, but they don’t fully understand them.