Monday, January 22, 2007


Book: a sweet smell of roses by angela johnson (lower case on the book cover too, which I found rather odd).

Summary: Two young girls sneak out of their house, down the street and across the town to where men and women are gathered, ready to march for freedom and justice.

Reflection: I enjoyed reading this book. I chose this book because the cover of the book made me interested in knowing more about it. It is an easy read and I think it would be best for older grades so you can have more of an in depth discussion of what is going on, but it could be used for all grades as well. The pictures are black and white, but they are wonderful. I had an idea of what was going on by looking at the pictures alone. The pictures showed unity, oppression, different emotions and movements. The color red is used for the flag, the bear's ribbon and the red roses.

Activities: I would use this book to talk about how people sacrificed for freedom in the past and connect it to how people are sacrificing for freedom today. I would also use this book to study justice, injustice, oppression, tributes, how people create change, power and bravery, marches/pickets, leaders/followers, the civil rights movement, community and staying together, fighting for what is important, having the kids pretend they are MLK and writing what they would want to change and why-then make a class book about social change.

Curricular Units: Social Studies: Civil Rights Movement 1950's - 1960's, Study People: Rosa Parks, MLK, Malcolm X, Robert Kennedy. Literacy: speeches

SJE: This book addresses EVERY stage.
1) Children are learning about their own culture, what is going on around them, they are accepting it, loving themselves, family and community while being a part of change.
2) There was opposition, but they continued to mind their business and march without fighting. They built community by respecting one another.
3) Oppression, marches, standing against the forces of injustice.
4) Being a part of a social movement, being a part of the struggle.
5) The two girls were part of the marches and played a role in social action/change.

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