Reference: Weatherford, C. B., & Christie, R. G. (2016). Freedom in Congo Square.
Brief Annotation: This is a story about a slave in Louisiana and the struggle slaves faced. Although times were tough, slaves kept hope when they would think about Sunday. Sunday was the day of rest, no one, not even slaves were required to work on the Holy day. Slaves would dance and rejoice on the Congo Square to take a day to block out the horrible reality of slavery.
Grade Level: k-1st grade
Readers who would like this book: I would recommend this book to many different readers. It is a great book to teach a young audience about the life of slaves and the horrors they experienced, but the joy they felt on Sunday’s. Not many know about resting on Sunday’s so it would be a great educational tool. I think the book would be a great read aloud for children since some of the concepts might be too advanced.
Rating and Response: I give this book a 4/5. I find reading about slavery is extremely difficult for me since the history of slavery is so grim. I did enjoy how happy everyone was when they had the opportunity to celebrate on Sunday and have a day of rest.
Text-Dependent Question: What day of the week is the day of rest?
Strategy: Tompkins, G. E. (2013). 50 literacy strategies: Step by step. New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc.
Strategy 23, page 67-70. Students are able to write and draw pictures that allow them to explain what the story was about. Students are able to use new vocabulary in their stories. The drawing and writing may help them grasp the story on a deeper level.
This strategy is great for students to practice their comprehension skills as well as their writing skills.