Sunday, October 27, 2013

Social Studies Mentor Text: Shackles

It's time to spend some money on some great mentor texts! Collaboration Cuties' Must Read Mentor Text is very dangerous!!!
I found this book at a local bookstore and I thought it would be perfect for children as an introduction to teach slavery.
Based on a true story, Shackles describes what happens when a group of boys search for buried treasure in their backyard on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. They unexpectedly dig up shackles, instead of the treasure they were hoping for, they are sad and confused. Mr. Green, their neighbor and friend who is African American comes over and tries to explain the painful hidden history of Sullivan's Island. It's amazing what history we have in our own backyards!

I think this book would be perfect for questioning, as your students will have many after reading Shackles. I plan to take my students' questions and have them research in groups to find the answers to their questions.
The illustrations are oil paintings, not sharp and clear like most children's books, but still beautiful. I wish the author would've included a historical note or fact page at the end of the book, like many historical fictions books.
Questioning is one of the things my class will be working on this week, so I'm linking up with my buddy Jennifer from Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for a Sneak Peek at my week!

Congratulations to Holly and Yashika for winning my Shout Out Cards!
Have a super week!


  1. Wow! This book sounds and looks amazing! What a great find! I'll definitely check it out! Thanks so much for linking up my friend! Have a great week!!
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  2. This book looks great. I am going to have to check it out. I just wrote my post about the Underground Railroad...similar theme.

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  3. Looks like a beautiful book, Joanne! I love the idea of having the kiddos research after their reading to answer any questions they have.

    Thanks for linking up!
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  4. Whenever I see books like this, I really wish I was teaching American History and not Ancient Civilizations. It looks like a beautiful book. I am going to keep an eye out for it anyway:).

  5. This book sounds amazing!! It'll be perfect especially because of the South Carolina connection! Thanks for sharing!
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  6. This sounds like a great book! I'll have to check it out and see if I can incorporate it somewhere.
    Thanks for sharing it.

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  7. "In our own backyard" - Wow, what a great book suggestion! I've never heard of this book, but I agree that it sounds perfect for questioning! Thanks for sharing-
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