Bring history to life with compelling stories,
sweeping scope, and a welcoming sense of diversity
- Historical fiction helps students connect to their middle school social studies classes
- Reading skill instruction and cross-curricular connections improve comprehension of historical fiction
- Strong multicultural flavor reflects the rich tapestry of our shared
Jamestown's American Portraits, a saga of American families and friends,
traces the history of America from the founding of Jamestown to the Civil
Rights Movement. This is a unique, enriching series designed to teach reading strategies appropriate for historical novels used in middle school reading, language arts, or social studies classes.
- Reading Level 5-8
- Interest Level 6-8
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It's 1865, and freedom is in the air. Ten-year-old Ezra Taplin is living on a North Carolina plantation when Union soldiers arrive to set the slaves free. Ezra and his father, Silas, must deal with their newfound liberty while finding a way to support themselves. After spending time in a Union work camp, they journey to Charleston, South Carolina, where freed slaves are organizing to establish better lives for themselves and their families. As Ezra matures, both he and his father discover the true meaning of freedom.