“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Ramsey, C. A. (2010). Ruth and the green book. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books.
Lexile Measure: 810L
Synopsis: Ruth and her family travel by car during the Jim Crow era from Chicago to Alabama to visit her Grandmother. She becomes terrified after the family experiences mistreatment because of their skin color. While traveling, Ruth’s spirits become uplifted when the family encounters helpful African Americans and when her mother gives her the responsibility to keep the Green Book, a book written by Green Victor to help black travelers.
Rationale for Classroom Use: Ruth and the Green Book provides the opportunity for students to engage in research and opinion writing supported with facts (evidence). The text also lends itself to teaching the history of the Jim Crow era. Students can investigate when, where, why, where, and how the Jim Crow era impacted African Americans and its influences on the Civil Rights Movement. The text is a great way to integrate social studies and language arts.
Common Core Connection:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2b Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.