Sunday, March 29, 2009

Teaching History Through Story

I believe in using books to teach about history. A story coupled with pictures goes farther to instill in the minds of children the importance of a subject. I believe we should teach about injustice and it will inspire our children to live against injustice. This book is about Rosa Parks and it speaks not just of her act but the act of the hundreds of African Americans who refused to ride the bus because of the terrible treatment they received. I love history and taught history but until this book I misunderstood the act Rosa Parks inspired. Hundreds of men, women, and children refused to ride the busses and walked. This boycott lasted a year. They walked in rain, snow, and heat. Tired and exhausted from work they walked home. The vocabulary and cadence in this book captures the children’s attention and the pictures hold it. A must read for history lovers and those who want to teach.

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