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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 | Christopher Paul Curtis
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A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny's 13-year-old brother, Byron, gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma's church is blown up.
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Dragonfairykats
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This book made me laugh & cry. The Watson family is fictional, w/ the characters based on the author's family. 2 passages struck me hard, the one above from the epilogue, & while encouraging his little brother after the bombing in Birmingham to "keep on stepping", Byron explains that although the world is not perfect, he has to keep moving on. The effect of the bombing on Kenny I know I've felt w/ what's going on in the world. #bfcr2 #justbookit

Dragonfairykats Aaaand mom interrupted me lol. #book4 water intake today was above target, but somehow my night routine took longer last night than normal, so I missed bedtime. I DID however spend 20 minutes walking around Walmart. 4w
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 4w
bewareofwords You‘re doing great! 🤗👏🏽 4w
Cheshirecat913 Doing good! Water and walking. 4w
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Dragonfairykats
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As I'm reading this, it struck me that a lot of socially motivated books were sold as children's books. Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Oliver Twist, Little Women. What are some of your favorites that have more meaning as an adult?

marleed This book - I still smile about the kids in Michigan with their snow suits - being half Alabaman. 4w
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cjegolden99
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 | Christopher Paul Curtis

“There's one good thing about getting in trouble: It seems like you do it in steps. It seems like you don't just end up in trouble but that you kind of ease yourself into it. It also seems like the worse the trouble is that you get into, the more steps it takes to get there. Sort of like you're getting a bunch of little warnings on the way; sort of like if you really wanted to you could turn around.”

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cjegolden99
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 | Christopher Paul Curtis

Historical fiction. This is a wonderful book for older children and definitely a book I‘d like to finish as it is considered such a classic.

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cjegolden99
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham— 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis, 1995. This is a wonderful and loving storing about an African American family living in 1963. The story is funny and yet moving all at the same time.

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amma-keep-reading
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I listened to the audiobook and it was well worth the library hold wait. Levar Burton can do NO wrong! And it's an extra bonus whenever he reads an amazing story. In it, you learn about the black migration from the south to the north as well as some historical events in the American Civil Rights movement. An informative and fun read.

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kelseymccormick
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Newbery award winner, The Watsons Go to Birmingham (HF) is great for (LC) upper elementary students or early middle school students. The novel tells the story of an African American family who visits their grandma in Birmingham, Alabama. Follow along with this story, but be prepared to grab some tissues! #LAE3414SP19

kelseymccormick https://www.walden.com/watsons-go-to-birmingham-7-creative-classroom-activities/ This resource provides multiple activities; one including relating the story to current events. 3mo
kelseymccormick The lesson aligns to ESOL strategy #5 Teach technical vocabulary supporting key concepts and UDL 2.1 Clarify vocabulary and symbols. (edited) 3mo
alexandracarpenter This book looks like it rocks! Your ESOL and UDL guidelines line up perfectly. 3mo
Zmohammad This book seem intriguing! I like that aligned both of your UDL and ESOL strategies accordingly. It will be very important to teach the vocab as some of our students will have trouble. 3mo
DrSpalding This is a classic book. Your universal design and English learner strategies align beautifully. Very well done. 3mo
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Butterfinger
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1 Toussaint Louverture, Harriet Tubman (- I've always been awed by her courage and strength), Phyllis Wheatley
2. I'm a 5th grade teacher - Christopher Paul Curtis, Jacqueline Woodson, Mildred Taylor ♥️♥️
3. Birmingham church bombing - makes me sob. I do not ever want to forget about those 4 little girls.
4. Historical fiction and ya
5. Buffalo Soldiers I've not seen a book. #BLITSYHISTORYMONTH @Chelleo

85eliana “Bud, Not Buddy” has never failed to win over my entire Fourth grade class! Love me some Christopher Paul Curtis! We were lucky enough to have Jacqueline Woodson visit our school. It was glorious! 6mo
Butterfinger @85eliana that would be awesome. I teach fifth and I love to stay up to date. Jason Reynolds is on my radar now. 6mo
Chelleo #2 are all faves of mine 6mo
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Carleneishere
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“Poor kids growing up in Alabama” is the theme of the books on the nightstand of this upper-middle-class grown woman in Alabama.

Kimzey Greetings from Alabama! 7mo
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JayaJ
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 written by Christopher Paul Curtis is a wonderful HF that has won the Coretta Scott King award. This novel would make a great RA as it is about a family, older brother Bryon, middle child Kenny, younger sister Joetta, and their parents who lives in Flint, Michigan in 1963. The story is told through Kenny who is nine years old.

JayaJ The Watsons decide to take a trip south to Birmingham, Alabama due to Bryons rebellious behavior getting out of hand. While in Birmingham, the Watsons faces serious fatal scares and challenges which changes them forever. This book would be go great with EL 7, show students how to use graphic organizers like semantic mapping and imaging. And UDL 4.1, vary methods for response and navigation. 12mo
JayaJ This lesson will be great for increasing comprehension of the book and it‘s major events http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/graphing-plot-cha... #UCFLAE3414SuB18 12mo
DrSpalding This is another classic. Nice alignment! Be sure to use historical fiction to complement your social studies curriculum. 11mo
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Eggs
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mrp27 I loved this one too. It's been years though, time for a reread! 12mo
Eggs The Watsons-what a great family 12mo
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Tyrone
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Love this when I read it as a class novel💗💗💗

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TheWordJar
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The moment you reconsider letting your three-year-old listen during read-aloud time:

Out for ice cream with the visiting grandparents last night. Grandma says something that doesn‘t sit well with the little one, who is happily coloring. Little one leans down the table towards Grandma and quietly says, “I‘m gonna jack you up, Grandma,” and calmly returns to coloring while the rest of us laugh until we cry. #raisingreaders

JacqMac 😂 1y
kylienoele 😂😂😂😂 1y
Bookzombie 😂😂 1y
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hermyknee I love this book! I‘m trying to get a class set to read with my ESOL 1 classes. 1y
TheWordJar @hermyknee My older two kids are loving this book! (As am I!) They loved Bud, Not Buddy, too, which is also by Christopher Paul Curtis. 1y
LeslieO I wonder what he thinks it means! 1y
Chelleo That‘s hilarious! 1y
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TheWordJar
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Started this as our read aloud today. The kids absolutely loved Bud, Not Buddy (their favorite read aloud last year), and so far, the Watsons have not disappointed. The middle kid declared about the first chapter—“That was the funniest chapter out of any chapter book we‘ve ever read!” I have to agree...it‘s quite an opening! #homeschool #raisingreaders

HippieChickHomeschool My kids love Christopher Paul Curtis, and the Watsons go to Birmingham is their favorite. There is a movie version on Netflix, but it‘s terrible! 1y
TheWordJar @HippieChickHomeschool He is such a wonderful author! We‘ll be sure to steer clear of that movie. Always sad when a good book ends up as a bad movie. (edited) 1y
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Mindyrecycles
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Love this one so much! #middlegrade #readsoullit

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Nichdorsey02
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I think this historical fiction is a great book for the classroom because if goes over how things were in a different generation where discrimination occurs. You are able to feel and see everything that goes on through Kenny‘s life.
https://www.varsitytutors.com/englishteacher/watsons-go-to-birmingham-1963-lesso... #ucfwalterslit

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Mindyrecycles
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GAustin This one has been on my TBR a while. 2y
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HippieChickHomeschool
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This was my family's 3rd Christopher Paul Curtis book, and we have loved every single one. He writes about such tough subjects, but with such humor!! And the family love shines in every book. Highly recommend, we will read everything he writes.

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Chelsibno
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It's always so nice to revisit an author whose work you enjoy. I haven't read any of Curtis's books in years, so I was excited to see this #audiobook read by LeVar Burton on #OverDrive. Curtis's writing navigates between lighthearted and powerful, humorous and heart-wrenching so well. He's mastered the art of writing children's #historicalfiction in a way that so many other authors only dream of. #diversebooks #blackbooks #childrensbooks

emtobiasz LeVar Burton sounds like a wonderful choice for this one! I may have to revisit too... 2y
Chelsibno @emtobiasz I loved LeVar Burton's narration. All I had to do was close my eyes, and it was like I was a kid watching Reading Rainbow again. I wish he narrated more audiobooks. 2y
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MSzyd
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Day 104: "Sometimes you have to keep on steppin'."

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Litsy has John Lewis's back today, so I wanted to share something different. I read so much historical fiction as a kid that I think some things got romanticized for me. But this one stuck out as heartbreaking. It may have been my first real introduction to what was happening in our country twenty short years before I was born. I remember asking my mom so many questions about it. #InspiredByMLK #ReadJanuary

Notafraidofwords Love this book & Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry. 3y
shelf-improvement @Notafraidofwords Yes, loved that one!! 3y
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KennethTolesJr
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Now, on to this little gem. I hear it's a really good story. Sad at times. Funny at times. The perfect balance of emotions.

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TheNextBook
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Because some stories need to be told. This was such a well done story. I love that all of the nuances of that time were so subtle. The narrator was hilarious and the family was easy to relate to. The events in this book aren't easy to talk about with children but the author manages with ease.

Johanna414 I love this book- that first scene with the car door mirror is always a favorite with my students! 3y
Heatherine My son read this in middle school and then he got to meet the author. 😃 3y
TheNextBook This is definitely a book I am going to read with my son. The humor in this novel is unbelievable! 3y
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TheNextBook @Johanna414 @Heatherine I just posted a full review on my blog but I dont post the link in my "reviews" here. Should I post those in a comment or a blurb? I like not putting them in my review but would like to include them. 3y
Johanna414 @TheNextBook I only downloaded the app recently so I'm not sure what others do, but I think I'd put it in a comment on your Litsy review 3y
TheNextBook I'm just gonna play be ear. Thanks for the feedback. This app makes me happy 3y
Heatherine @TheNextBook I'm still trying to figure the app out myself, but you should definitely post links to your reviews. I'm loving this app too! 😊 3y
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