A Storm Called Katrina by Myron Uhlberg

Recommended Grades:3-5

Set in August 2005, as Hurricane Katrina bore down on New Orleans, Uhlberg tells the fictional story of ten year old Louis Daniel and his family’s fight for survival. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Writers Workshop:  Read aloud A Storm Called Katrina.  Pair it with Two Bobbies:A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival.  Ask students to choose a historical time period to write a historical fiction picture book similar to A Storm Called Katrina or Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival.

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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

Recommended Grades: 4-6

Tracing the history of the role of African Americans in America back to the Revolutionary times, Kadir Nelson weaves a tale of inspiration and injustice.  Written from the view point of an elderly African American woman, you get the feeling that you are having a conversation with her in your living room.  It provides a more personal outlook on the history of African Americans in America. As always, Kadir Nelson’s artwork is dramatically beautiful. 

Lesson Idea:

Historical Fiction:


Mentor Texts: Read aloud all or part of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans to provide a personal perspective on African Americans through a historical context.  As you study the Revolutionary War, discuss how African Americans really felt when fighting for a new country.  Pair it with Henry’s Freedom Box or Freedom Song when discussing slavery or civil rights.  Do the perspectives of the characters in the two books reflect what is believed to be the perspective in Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans?  I love to find books that provide a different perspective of historical events for students.  Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans is one of those books.     

©2012 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.