Let the Children March
Social Justice Activities:
Identify the problems families faced and the solution the children came up with. Their solution was the cause of a series of events, evaluate the many effects of that solution.
Study voting rights, voting issues relevant to your area and methods of resistance (writing, art, public speaking, educational materials, collective action, community service, legislation, etc). Study Black Lives Matter forms of resistance and develop action plans to make a difference.
Visual Literacy: Before reading, evaluate the pictures on the first several pages and ask, What do you notice? What do you wonder?
Problem/Solution, Cause & Effect: Compare the problems families identified with marching and the solution the children came up with. Their solution was the cause of a series of events, evaluate the effects.
Poetry: Three songs are mentioned in the book, read the lyrics and evaluate the language choice (writer's craft) and the historical relevance (author's purpose).
Analyze Characters: Connect your analysis to understanding that Civil Rights activists were strategic (see video).
Figurative Language: Analyze the meaning of, "wrapped in the arms of our ancestors." Other meaning and tone to analyze: silence so loud, fierce tide, walked only in love, seeds of revolution. Evaluate this language as it relates to resistance (the language is loving but society often does not view resistance as loving).
Writer's Craft: For older students, study the author's words and identify details that show how the author and illustrator were able to achieve the balance she was hoping for: "We didn’t want to tell a cheery story that left out the fear and horror of that week. But we also didn’t want to tell all the truly upsetting details and scare young readers. It was a delicate balance." -Monica Clark Robinson
Timeline: research other events from the timeline on the last page.
- Fiction, All Ages
- Perspectives: Black Americans
- Author's stated heritage: White. I typically choose authors who write stories that either reflect their own lived experiences or reflect learning they have gained through dedicating their time to those communities. Over time, this author interviewed many men and women who took part in the Children's March to inform this story. This book won the Coretta Scott King Award.
- Subject Integration: History, Activism, Civics, Art (Frank Morrison's work)