Saturday, July 21, 2007

21. Remember the Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison

Nonfiction book annotation
By: Angela Wilcox

78 Pages

Morrison, T. (2004). Remember the journey to school integration. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Author Creditability: At the time Toni Morrison wrote this book she was the Robert F. Goheen Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She was also the senior editor at Random House for 20 years. She has degrees from Howard and Cornell universities and honorary degrees from numerous other institutions, including Harvard. She has won numerous awards including the 1988 Pulitzer Prize, the 2000 National Humanities Medal, the 2000 Library of Congress Bicentennial Living Legend Award, as well as many more. She was also the first African American woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Summary: This book is mostly made up of full page black and white photos of the time of Brown v. Board of Education and integration of the school system which grew into the nationwide Civil Rights Movement. Morrison relates what she believes the children and people in the photos might have been saying at the time in her text. This is a pictorial and narrative journey that lets the reader be aware of this time period in American history and its significance today.

Most Important Access Features: This book contains an introduction from Toni Morrison that builds the readers’ schema for the time period of this book. It contains photographs and a copy of The New York Times during this important time in our history. In the back of the book is a timeline of key events in the Civil Rights Movement and school integration. Lastly, there are photo notes with a small photo of the photograph, the page number it is on, where the picture was taken, and a small description of it.

Description of Illustrations: This book contains all primary source documents and photographs. There is a whole list of photo credits at the back of the book where all the photos came from.

Grade Level & Uses: K-8; I believe this book could be used to help students understand our history and how things used to be not just to long ago. The lower grades could not read the text, but the could look at the photographs as the teacher was discussing this time period in our history. I would use this while teaching the Civil Rights Movement and integration

Standards: Social Studies: Culture; Time, Continuity, and Change; Power, Authority, and Governance

Related Texts & How Related: The following books could be used along with Remember The Journey to School Integration to talk this time period in our history.

The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights

by Russell Freedman
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories by Ellen Levine
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins by Carole Boston

Parent’s Choice Gold Award
Coretta Scott King Award
Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award

Personal Response to Book: This has also been one of my favorite books. The photographs in this book are breath taking. It amazes me at what all children had to do during this time period and what they were faced with. I believe this should be a required read for every child studying the Civil Rights Movement and this time period in American history.

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