Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Child of the Civil Rights Movement

Bibliographic Information:  Shelton, P. Y., & Colon, R. (2010). Child of the civil rights movement. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books.

Reading Level: Adult Directed/ 960L

Synopsis: Told from the perspective of a child, this text follows a politically active family, as well as mentions many other leaders during the Civil Rights movement. Moving back down to the south, the family participates in protests and a march from Selma to Montgomery to fight for equal rights.  After jail time and personal sacrifices, pride fills the family room as they watch the President sign the bill that would ensure all people, both black and white, could vote.

Rationale for Classroom:  Since “Uncle Martin” is a part of the family in this text it could be paired with March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World and Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in order for students to take pieces of information from each text.  Also, these texts are written from different perspectives that students could compare and contrast.  For a culminating activity, students could create a tri-fold comparing the facts about Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights that they discovered in each text.

Common Core Connection:

RI.4.9 Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

RI.5.6 Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.


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