The Color of Freedom: Classroom Resources

The Color of Freedom: Classroom Resources

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by Michelle Isenhoff
     
 

Well-written historical fiction offers a powerful platform for teaching both history and literature in the classroom. The materials collected within this booklet are designed to help teachers get maximum mileage out of The Color of Freedom, my young adult novel set at the start of the American Revolution. They include chapter by chapter discussion/study questions,…  See more details below

Overview

Well-written historical fiction offers a powerful platform for teaching both history and literature in the classroom. The materials collected within this booklet are designed to help teachers get maximum mileage out of The Color of Freedom, my young adult novel set at the start of the American Revolution. They include chapter by chapter discussion/study questions, vocabulary, social studies extension ideas, primary sources and weblinks, all aligned with GLCE's and Common Core standards. Reproduction rights granted. Grades 6-9

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469908175
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
01/12/2012
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.10(d)

Meet the Author

I became a teacher because I never outgrew children's literature. Then I tried my hand one - I was hooked! When I'm not teaching, writing, chauffeuring children, blogging or reading, I like gardening and taking road trips with my family (not necessarily at the same time).

So what do I write? Three words: ADVENTURE - I won't read a story that doesn't transport me to a new, exciting world. I won't write one, either. INNOCENCE - My target audiences range from 9 to 15. Kids. I won't market profanity or controversy. And SUBSTANCE - I prefer stories with some depth to them.

Though I write material appropriate for younger readers, many a grown-up has applauded my work and asked, "Why is this just for kids?"

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Color of Freedom 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
goodbyegravity More than 1 year ago
The main character in The Color of Freedom is young Meadow McKenzie, a red haired lass from Ireland who is taken into indentured servitude in America. When she denies the advances of the master of her household, she has to get away to save her life. She sets off on foot, disguised as a boy called Wynn (her middle name), to make it to Boston where her father lives. In the meantime, due to the Boston Tea Party and other conflicts between the British and the Colonies, war is starting to brew around her. Everyone she meets is taking sides. Meadow herself is on the side of the colonies, as she hates the British for what they did to her family. The Color of Freedom is an excellent historical fiction novel. The writing contains really beautiful combinations of words, vivid settings and descriptions, and some of the cleverest physical descriptions of characters I've read ("lips that sagged like old lettuce" is fantastic). I literally do not have one bad word to say about this book, it was an extremely enjoyable read. Along Meadow Wynn's journey, she meets up with a cast of colorful characters that are diverse and enjoyable. For a time she travels with Salizar, a trader with no ties to either side, and later on in Boston meets up with Daniel, a horse groom who she worked beside at the Master's house, and has now joined the side of the colonies against the British. Meadow soon realizes that both sides are more complicated than just "bad" being the British and "good" being the colonists. Meadow herself is resourceful, clever, and a very strong main character who has to grow up fast but doesn't do any complaining about it, a real breath of fresh air from common young adult characters. Reading about her trek through much of her journey by herself was very enjoyable. The pacing is excellent as well, and there is always another interesting turn. The historical backdrop fits in seamlessly, and it's obvious that the author did a lot of research to make the book so accurate. Altogether I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read.