Freedom Over Me

Freedom Over Me

Author: Ashley Bryan

Jacket Illustrator: Ann Bobco

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Simon & Schuster: New York, NY

Awards: Newbery Honor Book 2017
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book 2017
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book 2017

Themes: Slavery, Freedom, Dreams, Identity

Summary: The author, Ashley Bryan, tells the stories and dreams of eleven slaves. They have fascinating stories to share. She gives people a voice who have never had one before. The stories are poetic and inspiring giving new life to any open soul.

Response: How might you use this book in the social studies, science, or mathematics curriculum? Write about a specific activity you might do that relates to the content of this book.

This book could easily be implemented in a social studies lesson. The stories of slaves told during the civil war and civil rights movement. The stories make the people become real and students could connect with them. A lesson that could be done would be having the students write about their own lives (the good and bad) and contrasting that with their dreams. Another lesson that could be done would be to research other slave stories and writing about them in a similar format. This is a powerful story that could be used in part or in full.

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