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.
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