I teach an American Studies class and I thought kids were really engaged by Frederick Douglass's autobiography. It is full of interesting content related to slavery and its psychological effect, and the kids really identify with it since it is through the eyes of a younger Douglass. Douglass also has a very direct, simple style. I got a lot of mileage out of it.
Kay, how did your students respond to Long Walk to Water?
Does anyone have ideas for Medieval World History books appropriate for eighth graders? My English teacher teammate and I are going to try a hummanities approach with our classes this year. I am having a challenging time finding books for China, Europe (narrowing down the choices) Africa, and the Middle East. Any input would be great!!