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The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom With 25 Projects (Build It Yourself) Paperback – February 14, 2017
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This book opens with an explanation of what slavery is and what the abolitionist movement was. It will help readers glimpse what life was like for enslaved people, and how they fought the system that shackled them.
The cool thing about this book: it's like going on a field trip into the past. As with any expedition, you'll want to grab your notebook and pencil to record ideas, observations, and reactions as you work through the activities.
There are 20 activities, starting with how to interpret statistics. Though graphs and statistics help put huge numbers into perspective (11.3 million enslaved men, women, and children brought to the Americas) they are impersonal. So how do you put a human face on the people who suffered?
Other activities include making a hoe cake, creating your own abolitionist broadside, writing coded messages, and learning navigation skills. Through the reading, we get to know Frederick Douglass, Isaac Hopper and his society of abolitionists, black businessmen who put themselves in danger to help fugitives, and Harriet Tubman. Excerpts of primary sources and links to online primary sources help connect readers to historic events. (sallysbookshelf.blogspot.com)
I really admire how the author has taken a tough topic and approached it from an educators’ standpoint. This well-written and researched book comes complete with detailed timelines, facts and 20 different Underground Railroad related projects. Judy also gets extra coolness points for living in Minnesota (like me) for a while.
The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence
Readers can take a hands-on approach to learning about the American Revolution in this addition to the Build It Yourself series . . . Cartoon illustrations and 25 activities create a lively learning experience . . .”
. . . . Readers will encounter a combination of learning tools that help shed light on the watershed events that embodied the American Revolution in this insightful book. This approach should appeal to readers and helps make this a fun book filled with multiple approaches to learning.”
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"Featuring a lively page design, this volume asks readers a series of questions to prompt them to consider the American Revolution. . . Along with the standard textual information, pages are filled with sidebars, vocabulary words, and definitions, and QR codes that provide access to primary sources."
Jamie Kallio, author and youth services librarian, Chicago, Illinois
A fresh look at a defining moment in American history. With its bright and colorful pages, active language, and interesting sidebars, The American Revolution asks pertinent questions and suggests hands-on activities to encourage young readers. Provides a full picture of the experience of American independence as our new country found its way.”
Jodi Baker, elementary teacher, adjunct professor, and educational consultant
This interactive book will captivate the imaginations of young readers. Hearing both sides of the story encourages students to think for themselves and reflect upon the historical causes and effects of the American Revolution.”
Claire Rudolf Murphy, author
The primary source material is exceptional, featuring the stories of not only colonial leaders, but also the often ignored people behind the scenesthe women, children, black slaves and Native Americans who also played a part. Cummings’ clear explanations of events make this book a valuable addition to the study of the colonial period.”
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This book points out important details about the practice of slavery in its many different forms in other countries. It talks about how much more oppressive it was compared to those other forms of slavery. In the opening chapter it talked about how the concept of racism against black skinned people was created by rich plantation owners so that they could hold onto a permanent work force. The things they put in place to make slavery possible is laid out in this book. Also the first chapter said that as slavery was dying all around the Atlantic, it increased in the United States because of Eli Whitney's cotton gin invention. It made the south's cotton industry incredibly lucrative for the plantation owners.
Important tiny details like that are things I had never heard of. This book is very eye opening and I recommend it for everyone who wants to know more about this time in United States history.