Read the new Texas Bluebonnet book, “Ruth and the Green Book” and then place it in a center to be compared and contrasted with another nominated Bluebonnet book, “Play Louis Play: The True Story of a Boy and his Horn”.
The Bluebonnet committee created question cards for pre-reading and comprehension cards after reading. I think it would be a good idea for students to develope their own higher level questions for “Ruth and the Green Book”. Students will do much better at answering higher level questions if they are taught how to ask them. http://texasbluebonnetaward2013.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/plp-comprehension-cards-after-reading.pdf. In the past, I have used student reponse systems with higher level questions. Students like this whole group activity. I make the questions difficult and the answers are anonymous.
Encourage your students to check out any books by Mildred Taylor or the O’Dell award winner “Thirty Acres and Maybe a Mule” for homework reading.
I added the free app for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/national-underground-railroad/id415578664?mt=8 that is loaded with videos from slavery through Reconstruction. Your students can journal how any of these videos affected Ruth and her family directly or indirectly.