Bibliographic Information: Myers, Walter Dean. Harlem. New York: Scholastic Inc. Print.

Brief Annotation: This is a wonderfully illustrated book about african americans.  The writing is in Poem for, and it thereofore allows students to constantly inquire about what is actually occuring.  I think it really represents another culture in a unique way.  The context brings out concepts of what it was like to be an african american race who lives in a city named Harlem.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 4 – 6

Readers who will like this: Students who can learn to appreciate art in the form of illustrations, as well as poems.  It is not a straight forward book, however it can really allow students to get their synthesizing side out!  Also, I would use this book in parallel to the study of black history.

Rating/Response: 4 – I love the context and the illustrations, however I think it is a little hard to really comprehend what the text says throughout the book.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: How do you see african american race living during the time of depression?

Reading Strategy: Synthesizing

Rationale for Strategy: This book takes both analyzing and inferring, but also the ability to coincide the information with another lesson such as black history.

Posted by: Alexa Wachter


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