Bibliographic Information: Mason, M. H. (2010). These Hands. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Books.

Annotation: An African-American man tell his grandson Joseph that he could do almost anything with his hands. His grandfather tells him all the things he can do, and explains that there used to be things his hands couldn’t do.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade Level: K-3

Readers who will like this book: Readers learning about the Civil Right Movement; readers learning about segregation.

Response/Rating(1-4): 4; This book appropriately explains the fight against racial discrimination.

Text Dependent Question: Why couldn’t his hands touch the bread in the factory?


A. Interactive Read Aloud

B. Interactive Read Alouds focus on comprehension, and interpretation before, during and after. This strategy is used to activate students’ background knowledge before they begin to read, and allows for the teacher to ask questions during or after to engage students.

C. This strategy would work well with this book because it provides an opportunity for students to respond to the book openly, and teachers can guide their thinking. Teachers can ask students why his grandfathers hands couldn’t do certain things, or what was preventing him from doing them? This could also lead to a grand discussion or lesson plan about the Civil Rights Movement and racial discrimination.