At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Kenny Watson and his family embark on a road trip from Michigan to Alabama.
Below are some reading passages that we have hand picked to supplement this book. Be sure to read the passage summaries and our suggestions for instructional use.
In Sandra Cisneros’s “Eleven,” a girl is forced to wear a sweater that doesn’t belong to her on her birthday.
In L. Frank Baum’s “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman,” Dorothy and the Scarecrow help the Tin Woodman.
This informational text explains how the murder of Emmett Till helped spark the Civil Rights Movement.
In Nikki Giovanni’s poem “Mothers,” the speaker describes the different ways she has seen her mother throughout her life.
The classic fable of a sheep herder boy who lies and pays the price.
The bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1960s was both a tragic and pivotal event of the Civil Rights movement.
In “Local Children’s Reactions to 9-11 Tragedy,” students discuss their reactions to September 11, 2001 and how their lives have been impacted by this event.