The 2 books that I've selected today go hand in hand if you are interested in integrating Social Studies into your ELA instruction.
The Other Side is about 2 little girls who live on opposite sides of a fence. They watch each other and want to play together but their parents don't think that it's a good idea.
In contrast to The Other Side, Freedom Summer is about 2 little boys. One little boy's mother works cleaning the home of the other family. They spend lots of time together playing often because the family welcomes the son of the housekeeper into their home and encourages their friendship.
Both stories are written about a time in history when the mixing of cultures and races was frowned upon by many, but these stories offer such interesting differing points of view on the topic that they beg to be discussed!
Imagine the reading lessons and topics that can be pulled from such interesting books! They offer opportunities for many comparing and contrasting lessons, as well as strong point of views and, because they are so beautifully written, all literary standards could be discussed while sharing these books. These are "must reads" for a civil rights movement study.
HOP on over to Collaboration Cuties and check out a few other Social Studies Mentor Texts this week and enjoy your day with your families! Happy Easter! :)