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Books I Love : The Watson’s Go to Birmingham – 1963

on May 29, 2012

As I was studying the new Essential Standards for Social Studies in NC, I was heart broken to see that the US History that we cover in fifth grade now only goes through the period of Reconstruction. While I found it totally overwhelming to try to cover everything about the United States through the ages in one year, I did always look forward to teaching a Civil Rights unit and tying in the Newberry Medal book, The Watson’s Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. This book is a compelling, historically relevant, and relatable look at a family living in Flint, Michigan in the 1960′s. They have 3 children – Byron, the juvenile delinquent; Kenny, the socially awkward middle child; and Joetta, the youngest, sweet young lady of the family. The story chronicles their lives together and their journey to Birmingham, Alabama, in the summer of 1963.

Here are some resources to consider if you do read The Watson’s Go to Birmingham – 1963 :

Scholastic Reading Guide to The Watson’s Go to Birmingham – 1963

Excellent teacher’s guide with activities, vocabulary and background

Newspapers in Education Teachers’ Guide

Book Talk and Web Activity

Related Power Points

Enrichment Guide

Google Lit Trip

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2 responses to “Books I Love : The Watson’s Go to Birmingham – 1963

  1. Tia Smith says:

    ‘The Watson’s Go to Birmingham’ sounds like an interesting book. Well, I think that it would not only be a great book for students but also for every reader that appreciates history. Thanks for the free pdf file. It will be a delight to read the book.

  2. ‘The Watson’s Go to Birmingham – 1963′ sounds like an interesting book. Well, I think that it would not only be a great book for students but also for every reader that appreciates history. Thanks for the free pdf file. It will be a delight to read the book.

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