Shapiro and the Clothing Worker Strike
What if you worked under dirty, smelly conditions? Then your nasty
boss cut your already low pay? You needed the money to help your
family buy food. But this pay cut was unfair. Seventeen-year-old
Annie Shapiro decided to fight back. She walked out of work in protest.
Within weeks, 40,000 sweatshop workers in Chicago and Milwaukee
followed. Annie's brave stand led to changes in work conditions
everywhere and to formation of a new union that became the giant
Workers United today. This is her true story.
- The back of this book has a Readers Theater script. Divide the
parts among your friends and act out Annie's story.
- Most clothes in the 190Os were made in cramped, dark, and unsafe
factories called sweatshops in the United States. Today, our clothes
come from around the world. Check the labels on your clothes. Each
tells the country where the article of clothing was made. Plot these
places on a map to see where your clothes came from.
Reading about Child Labor:
- Kids at Work: Lewis Hines and the Crusade Against Child Labor
by Russell Freedman
- The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire by Elaine Landau
- Kids on Strike by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
The Rough Riding Adventures of Bronco Charlie
Charlie Miller, or Bronco Charlie, learned to tame wild horses
when he was only ten. But his real dream was to deliver mail on
horseback for the Pony Express. This is the true story of how Bronco
Charlie became the youngest Pony Express rider in 1861. The story,
which is a graphic novel, also called comic book, is an update of
my original award-winning Bronco Charlie and the Pony Express.
- Think about something you really want to do--either now or in
the future. Write a short story about your dream and what you can
do to achieve it.
- Break down your story into small steps. Draw a picture to go
with each step. Adjust the words to go with the pictures. Put the
pictures in order of the story. Now you've made your own graphic
- If you're a fan of horses, do some detective work. Find out which horses
are the fastest breeds. Discover if these were the type of horses
used for the Pony Express.
Reading about Child Labor:
- Whatever Happened to the Pony Express? by Verla Kay
- Bronco Charlie and the Pony Express by Marlene
Targ Brill (Me!)
- They're Off: The Story of the Pony Express by Cheryl
Michelle Obama: From Chicago's South Side to the White House
First Lady Michelle Obama's journey to the White House hasn't always
been easy, but she's handled each bump in the road with grace and
style. From her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to the best
universities, top Chicago law firm, and social service jobs, Obama
has proven herself a capable woman who strives to give back to her
community. Readers will learn how she brings intelligence, wit,
and warmth to her latest dual roles as First Lady and First Mom-in-Chief.
- Michelle Obama values family and friendships from life growing
up in Chicago. Research online and in books to discover what Chicago's
South Side neighborhood is like. How is it similar or different
from your neighborhood?
- First daughters Malia and Sasha went from a regular childhood
with regular parents to living in the White House with their father
as president. Would you like to live in the White House? Write why
or why not.
Reading about Michelle Obama's World:
- Chicago History for Kids: Triumphs and Tragedies of the Windy
City by Owen Hurd
White House 101: a history and tour of the White House especially
Decades of the Twentieth Century in America series:
Each book details the most important social, political, economic,
technological, and cultural events in the United States during the
particular decade. With plenty of photos, quotes, and highlighted
biographies and events, these books are just plain fun to read while
painting a thorough picture of the times.
- Review two books from this series. Compare popular fashion, music,
and arts of the two decades with what's going on today. Create a
chart of your findings.
- Read about your favorite decade. Imagine what your life would
be like if you lived then. Write a story about your life in that
Barack Obama: President for a New Era
Barack Obama: President for a New Era is the second edition
of the first children's biography about this popular public figure.
This update reflects Obama's rise to 44th and first African-American
U.S. president. The book reveals Obama's remarkable journey growing
up in two cultures, struggling with being different, and striving
to improve people's lives within his community, state, and now nation.
What Others Say:
"Brill offers a warm, personal portrait of the politician, beginning
with his parents' disparate backgrounds and his multinational upbringing
and moving through his political awakenings, higher education, and
public life. . . . .Brill offers an intimate portrait that is bolstered
by her own interviews with Obama's colleagues, schoolmates, and
- Interview a neighbor or friend. Ask what that person likes to
do, what their favorite activities and school subjects or jobs are,
and the kind of books they like to read. When you have enough information
about this person, write their story in a biography. Use Barack
Obama: Working to Make a Difference for ideas about what to
- Young Barack lived in Hawaii and Indonesia. Find these places
on a map. Read other books to discover what their cultures are like.
Keep a diary of activities you like to do in your neighborhood.
How are they different from where Barack grew up? How are they the
Books about Other Countries:
(Hawaii) Hello USA by Joyce Johnston
(Indonesia) Cultures of the World by Gouri Mirpuri