Immigration Day of the Pelican



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Immigration

Day of the Pelican
Synopsis: This book follows the life of a fictional Muslim family. The family begins the book in Kosovo during the Serbian oppression. After a journey as homeless refugees, the family is unexpectedly brought to America. As they settle into their new life in Vermont, the events of 9/11 present more challenges.
Immigration themes: This book explores the power shift that occurs as the children learn English faster than their parents.

Guided Reading Level – Not Available


Grade Level Equivalent – 4.7
Author – Katherine Paterson
Genre – Realistic Fiction

Drita: My Home Girl
Synopsis: Drita is a fourth grader who is living in New York. She struggles to make friends even though she is not welcomed by everyone.
Immigration themes: This book explores Drita’s journey to acceptance in her school and addresses the need for Drita to pick up the slack at home as her mom battles depression.

Guided Reading Level – Q


Grade Level Equivalent – 3.7
Author – Jenny Lombard
Genre – Realistic Fiction

Esperenza Rising
Synopsis: Esperanza is born to a life of privilege in Mexico. On the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her father is killed. Her remaining family must escape to California where they make a living as migrant workers during the Great Depression.
Immigration themes: This book explores the transition from a comfortable life at home with known expectations and social barriers to a harder new life without expectations or social barriers.

Guided Reading Level – V


Grade Level Equivalent – 5.5
Author – Pam Munoz Ryan
Genre – Historical Fiction

Immigrant Kids
Synopsis: This book uses photographs and the stories of the children that immigrated into the United States between 1800 and 1900.

Guided Reading Level – Q


Grade Level Equivalent – 7.5
Author – Russell Freedman
Genre – Informational

Immigrants
Synopsis: This book looks at the effects immigrants have had on the history and community within the United States.

Guided Reading Level – T


Grade Level Equivalent – 6.5
Author – Martin Sandler
Genre – Informational

Inside Out and Back Again
Synopsis: Ha and her family are forced to flee Saigon after it falls into enemy hands during the Vietnam war. Her family flee on a U.S. navy ship and she begins her new life in Alabama where she has to deal with bullies and the fears that she will not see her missing father.
Immigration themes: This book explores the feelings of the main character as she goes from feeling smart in her classes in Vietnam to feeling inadequate as she struggles to learn English and study.

Guided Reading Level – W


Grade Level Equivalent – 5
Author – Thanhha Lai
Genre – Hybrid of Narrative verse and Historical Fiction

Shooting Kabul
Synopsis: While escaping the Taliban controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, Fadi’s sister is accidently left behind. Fadi enters a photography contest once his family settles in San Francisco in the hopes of winning the grand prize – a photography trip to India. Fadi plans to use this trip as a was to slip back into Afghanistan and get his sister.
Immigration themes: This book looks at disparity between the jobs people are trained to do in their home country and the jobs they are able to obtain once immigrating.

Guided Reading Level – V


Grade Level Equivalent – 5.3
Author – N. H. Senzai
Genre – Realistic Fiction

Settling the West

Children of the Wild West
Synopsis: This book not only describes the experiences of kids growing up in the American west and those traveling to live in the West, it looks at the experiences of the Native American children who wher growing up at a time when white settlers where turning their world upside-down. Historical photographs from that time are included.

Guided Reading Level – X


Grade Level Equivalent – 7.5
Author – Russell Freedman
Genre – Biographies

Cowboys of the Wild West
Synopsis: This book introduces readers to the real stories of the young men who inspired the legends of cowboys. Maps and black and white photos help to tell this history.

Guided Reading Level – X


Grade Level Equivalent – 5.2
Author – Russell Freedman
Genre – Informational

Facing West: A Story of the Oregon Trail
Synopsis: This is the story of an eleven-year old Ben who Is traveling with his family from Missouri to the Oregon Territory after a doctor’s recommendation that this move will ease his struggles with asthma.

Guided Reading Level – R


Grade Level Equivalent – 3.9
Author – Kathleen V. Kudlinski
Genre – Hybrid of Historical Fiction and Adventure

The Homestead Act
Synopsis: This book tells about the Homestead Act of 1862 and how it opened the door to settlement in the American West.

Guided Reading Level – R


Grade Level Equivalent – 4.8
Author – Elaine Landau
Genre – Informational

The Lewis and Clark Expedition, True Books: Westward Expansion
Synopsis: This book retells the journey of Lewis and Clark by recounting their routes, personal experiences, and encounters with Native Americans.

Guided Reading Level – Not Available


Grade Level Equivalent – 5.7
Author – John Perritano
Genre – Informational

Words West
Synopsis: The stories of young pioneers from the 1800’s are told in their own words through letters, diaries, and memoirs. Maps and photographs accompany the stories of these young people.

Guided Reading Level –Not Available


Grade Level Equivalent – Not available but recommended for grades 5-9
Author – Ginger Wadsworth
Genre – Narrative Non-Fiction

Transcontinental Railroad

The Great Railroad Race: The Diary of Libby West, Utah Territory, 1868
Synopsis: Libby is a fourteen year old who finds adventure and romance during the Great Railroad Race. The story takes place between 1868 and 1869.

Guided Reading Level – W


Grade Level Equivalent – 5.8
Author – Kristiana Gregory
Genre – Historical Fiction

The Transcontinental Railroad
Synopsis: This book is written for the novice history student. It provides general coverage and material that will help these young historians understand the Railroad in the larger scope of the American history.

Guided Reading Level – Q


Grade Level Equivalent – Not Available
Author – Elaine Landau
Genre – Informational

The Transcontinental Railroad, True Books: Westward Expansion
Synopsis: This book describes the development, problems building and the effect that the Transcontinental Railroad had on our country.

Guided Reading Level – Not Available


Grade Level Equivalent – Not Available but recommended for grade 2 and up
Author – John Perritano
Genre – Informational

You Wouldn’t Want to Work on the Railroad!: A Track You’d Rather Not Go Down
Synopsis: This series is meant to show the darker side of history. The reader is asked to imagine himself as if he was on tour through life as a worker on the Transcontinental Railroad.

Guided Reading Level – R


Grade Level Equivalent – 5.2
Author – Ian S. Graham
Genre – Hybrid of Humor and Informational

Regions of the United States

All Regions

The Hunger Games Series
Synopsis: This series follows two survivors through their journeys in surviving a futuristic United States now called Panem. As the heroes of this series lead a protest against the unfair laws of their time, they take us on a tour of how the regions of our country could look and provide for our nation in the future

Guided Reading Level – Z


Grade Level Equivalent – 7
Author – Suzanne Collins
Genre – Science Fiction

Coal Regions

A Coal Miner’s Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska, Lattimer, Pennsylvania 1896
Synopsis: Thirteen year old Anetka finds out that her father has arranged for her to leave Poland and marry a man in America. Five months after she is married, Anetka’s husband dies in a mining accident. This story follows Anetka’s life as she learns to support herself, fall in love, and witness the historic massacre in Lattimer during which 19 strikers were killed and 32 were wounded while protesting the working conditions at that time.

Guided Reading Level – U


Grade Level Equivalent – 5.5
Author – Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Genre –Historical Fiction

Growing Up in Coal Country
Synopsis: This book shows Pennsylvania coal mines at the turn of the twentieth century. Interviews, newspaper accounts, and other original sources help to paint the picture of this time in our history.

Guided Reading Level – V


Grade Level Equivalent – 5.5
Author – Pam Munoz Ryan
Genre – Historical Fiction

Together in Pinecone Patch
Synopsis: Two young immigrants from different countries are living in the same Pennsylvania coal town where they grow up and overcome the prejudices of their community so that they can marry.

Guided Reading Level – N


Grade Level Equivalent – 3.6
Author – Thomas F. Yezerski
Genre – Historical Fiction

Breaker Boys
Synopsis: Nate Turner is the son of a wealthy coal mine operator. After he is shipped off to boarding school and gets himself kicked out, Sam spends his days hiding from his family and family name with the breaker boys who do the dangerous and dirty job of separating the coal from debris. Nate soon learns that the boys are planning a strike and must decide if he will tell his family.

Guided Reading Level – U


Grade Level Equivalent – 5.4
Author – Pat Hughes
Genre – Historical Fiction

Farming in the Mid-West

Esperenza Rising
Synopsis: Esperanza is born to a life of privilege in Mexico. On the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her father is killed. Her remaining family must escape to California where they make a living as migrant workers during the Great Depression.

Guided Reading Level – V


Grade Level Equivalent – 5.5
Author – Pam Munoz Ryan
Genre – Historical Fiction

Laura Ingalls Wilder
Synopsis: This book chronicles the adventures, challenges, and hardships Laura Ingalls Wilder faced growing up in the 1880’s as a child in a pioneer family and wife of farmer.

Guided Reading Level – Not Available


Grade Level Equivalent – 4.5
Author – Jill C. Wheeler
Genre – Biography

Out of the Dust
Synopsis: Set in Oklahoma during the dust storms of the 1930’s, this book follows the story of Billie Jo. Billie Jo is a young girl who is struggling with the effects of burns she received while trying to save her house and her mother from a kitchen fire. Adding to her struggles, Billie Jo’s family is also struggling to survive the effects the dust storms have had on their farm.

Guided Reading Level – X


Grade Level Equivalent – 6
Author – Karen Hesse
Genre – Hybrid of Historical Fiction and Narrative Prose

Gold Rush in the East

The Gold Rush
Synopsis: This is a companion book to the PBS documentary called “The West”. The book gives insights on how the discovery of a nugget of gold found in Setter’s Mill in 1849 caused a migration of people from all over the world onto the U.S. West Coast.

Guided Reading Level – Not Available


Grade Level Equivalent – 6.2
Author – Liza Ketchum
Genre –Informational

Gold Rush Fever: A Story of the Klondike, 1898
Synopsis: Thirteen year old Tim and his older brother Roy are heading to the Yukon to strike it rich. As they face blinding snowstorms, raging rapids and back-breaking work each chapter tells of their adventures and then follows the narrative with factual information of the people and challenges of this time.

Guided Reading Level – Not Available


Grade Level Equivalent – 5.7
Author – Barbara Greenwood
Genre – Narrative Non-fiction




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