Welcome to the Wiki page for the Book Studies for Year 3!

The purpose of this wiki page is to allow those who read the books and attended the sessions the opportunity to pool resources and ideas gleaned from the book studies. Feel free to post lesson plans, project ideas, or other ways that you have integrated the material or methods learned from the book studies into your classroom. What worked, or did not work? What materials have you discovered were most helpful? Or least helpful? What material (photos, documents, videos, etc) do you wish you had more of? And who has found some to recommend?

If you have never used a wiki before, do not worry. Many have not! Just click on the icon above that says "EDIT" to begin adding your contributions to this project. Do not forget that creating a classroom project based on these institutes, and being observed during the project, can all count towards the completion of your Professional Development Plan (PDP).

Note: Participation in both 1 Fall and 1 Spring Book Study is required to participate in the 2013 Summer Field Study Institute. See below for further information on each workshop

Spring Book Study

Application Book Study, May 14, 2013, 5-7 p.m.

This Spring, the books chosen for the Application Book Study are Deborah Wiles' award winning Freedom Summer and Diane McWhorter's A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement From 1954 to 1968.
The Spring Application Book Study session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, 2013 and will be held at the East Tennessee History Center from 5-7 p.m. [If interested in participating in the Application Book Study, please let William know and copies of the books will be ordered.]

Application Book Study Graphic Organizer [use while reading]:

FreedomSummer.jpg A Dream of Freedom.jpg
Description: Freedom Summer
Joe and John Henry are a lot alike. They both like shooting marbles, they both want to be firemen, and they both love to swim. But there's one important way they're different: Joe is white and John Henry is black, and in the South in 1964, that means John Henry isn't allowed to do everything his best friend is. Then a law is passed that forbids segregation and opens the town pool to everyone. Joe and John Henry are so excited they race each other there . . . only to discover that it takes more than a new law to change people's hearts.
Description: A Dream of Freedom
In this history of the modern Civil Rights movement, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Diane McWhorter beautifully describes the process that brought about "the end of apartheid in America," providing a context for the ongoing fight for tolerance and equality in this country.

McWhorter focuses on the monumental events that occurred between 1954 (the year of Brown versus the Board of Education) and 1968 (the year that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assasinated). Beginning with an overview of the movement since the end of the Civil War, McWhorter also discusses such events as the 1956 Montgomery bus boycott, the 1961 Freedom Rides, and the 1963 demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama, among others.

Illustrated with more than 100 arresting photographs, A Dream of Freedom provides children with an understanding of how and why our country long sustained an unthinkable system of prejudice. The author uses interviews she conducted personally with participants and witnesses of these events, oral histories of politicians and leaders of the era (John F. Kennedy, George Wallace, Bull Conner, Martin Luther King), and brief biographies of key players involved in the struggle (John Lewis, Emmet Till) to bring this period of American history to life for young readers.

Laminations (Note: Most of the artwork and descriptions come from the Smithsonian Institution's Oh Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights Through American Art at the Smithsonian digital exhibit):
Charles Henry Alston (1907–1977), Walking, 1958, oil on canvas, 48 x 64 in., © Charles Alston Estate Collection of National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Sydney Smith Gordon, TR2007-4

Leonard Freed (1929–2006), Washington, D.C., USA (March on Washington, 8-28-1963), 1963, iris print, 14 x 11 in., © Leonard Freed/Magnum, Collection of National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Brigitte Freed in memory of Leonard Freed, 2009.6

Roland L. Freeman (b. 1936), South Capitol Street at M Street. Washington, D.C., February 1972 (from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements), 1972, printed 1982, gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George H. Dalsheimer, © 1972 Roland L. Freeman, 1991.80.1

Barbara Jones–Hogu (b. 1938), Unite, 1971, screen print, 22 1/2 x 30 in., © Barbara Jones-Hogu, Collection of National Museum of African American History and Culture, Museum purchase, TR2008-24

Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000), Dixie Café, 1948, ink on paper, 17 x 22 1/4 in., National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Margaret and Michael Asch, TR2010-19

Andy Warhol (1928–1987), Untitled (Birmingham, Alabama), (from the portfolio Ten Works x Ten Painters), 1964, serigraph, 20 x 24 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, © 1964 Wadsworth Atheneum, 1965.37.2E

Ernest C. Withers (1922–2007), Sanitation workers assemble in front of Clayborn Temple for a solidarity march, Memphis, TN, March 28, 1968, 1968, gelatin silver print, 15 15/16 x 19 13/16 in., © Ernest C. Withers Trust, Memphis, TN, Collection of National Museum of African American History and Culture, Museum purchase, TR2009-35.9

D.C. Concert.jpg
Credit: Courtesy University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library

After completing an intensive tour across the United States in 1938, throughout which she performed seventy vocal recitals, opera singer Marian Anderson and her manager decided to try booking concerts at some of the premier venues in larger American cities. Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., was a choice location, and Anderson attempted to book a concert there in early 1939; however, the hall’s owners, the Daughters of the American Revolution, refused to host a performance by an African American. In protest, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR, and Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes invited Anderson to perform in public at the Lincoln Memorial on the morning of April 9, 1939—Easter Sunday. Local photographer Robert Scurlock took this photograph, one of a series of images, of the concert’s record-breaking crowd of more than seventy-five thousand people. The historic performance was broadcast over the radio to the homes of millions of Americans. (Source: Smithsonian Institution)
MLK I have a dream.jpg
Source: George Washington University, www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/

Our Story American History Stories and Activities You Can Do Together!

Traditional Book Study, May 16, 2013, 5-7 p.m.

This Spring, the book chosen for the Traditional Book Study is Cameron McWhirter's, Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America. As an added bonus, all participants will also receive a copy of Diane McWhorter's A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement From 1954 to 1968 (participants will not be responsible for reading this book for the book study. It's just a really cool book with great photographs that I wanted everyone to get a copy). The Spring Traditional Book Study session is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 2013 and will be held at the East Tennessee History Center from 5-7 p.m. [If interested in participating in the Traditional Book Study, please let William know and a copy of the book will be ordered.]
Red Summer.jpg
Description: A narrative history of America’s deadliest episode of race riots and lynchings
After World War One, black Americans fervently hoped for a new epoch of peace, prosperity, and equality. Black soldiers believed their participation in the fight to make the world safe for democracy finally earned them rights they had been promised since the close of the Civil War.

Instead, an unprecedented wave of antiblack riots and lynchings swept the country. From April to November of 1919, the racial unrest rolled across the South into the North and the Midwest, even to the nation’s capital. Millions of lives were disrupted, and hundreds of lives were lost. Blacks responded by fighting back with an intensity and determination never seen before.
Red Summer is the first narrative history written about this epic encounter. Focusing on the worst riots and lynchings—including those in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Charleston, Omaha and Knoxville—Cameron McWhirter chronicles the mayhem, while also exploring the first stirrings of a civil rights movement that would transform American society forty years later.

Assignment: There will not be a written paper required to be submitted for the Spring Book Study.
Bonus Book (not required to be read for the Book Study):
A Dream of Freedom.jpg See description of book above.
I found an interesting lesson plan on the Tulsa Race Riots that are described in Red Summer. Rebecca Byrd

Additional Materials: (Not Required for Book Study)
If you are interested in reading more about what occurred in Knoxville in 1919 (a chapter in Red Summer) see Matthew Lakin's (reporter with the Knoxville News-Sentinel) excellent article that appeared in the Journal of East Tennessee History.
Matthew Lakin, "'A Dark Night': The Knoxville Race Riot of 1919" Journal of E. TN History (2000) 72: 1-29

Fall Book Study

This Fall, the book chosen for the Application Book Study (there will be no Traditional Book Study session in Fall 2012; the Traditional Book Study format will return in Spring 2013) is Robert Morgan's Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion. The Fall Application Book Study session is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, 2012 and will be held at the East Tennessee History Center from 5-7 p.m.

Application Book Study, November 13, 2012, 5-7 p.m.
The Chapters assigned to be read, which follow the 4/8th grade TN SPIs listing these specific historical figures, are as follows:

Chapter 1: Thomas Jefferson

Chapter 2: Andrew Jackson

Chapter 4: David Crockett

Chapter 5: Sam Houston

Chapter 6: James K. Polk

(If you are able to read the brief Prologue, please do so, as this will help frame the themes and organization of the overall book. No other chapters have been assigned, but you are free to read the rest of the book if you like and should you do so, please feel free to share in the session the remaining biographical figures and their significance/impact on Westward Expansion.)

Application Book Study Agenda:

Application Book Study: Character Analysis Sheet:

Character Analysis Sheet Example:


  • Emanuel G. Leutze, Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way (1862) Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way (Final).jpg

Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way Lamination Back

American Progress Lamination Back

Lions of the West Individual Biographies Lamination Images Back

  • Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson West.jpg

  • Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson Battle of New Orleans.jpg
  • David Crockett
Note: The Crockett file is a Tiff and is too large to open. Please bring a thumbdrive to a workshop for a digital copy or if you have a Drop Box account, please send an e-mail

  • Sam Houston
Sam Houston Cherokee.jpg
  • James K. Polk

Book Study Biography Worksheets: