Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice Activities and Comprehension Questions
Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice illustrates Kamala’s focus on public service, justice, defending the rights of others and how she broke through barriers.
Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice illustrates Kamala’s public service, justice, defending the rights of others and breaking of barriers to become the Vice President of America. The book includes a timeline and further resources to learn about this influential woman. Use the book to discuss:
- Defending rights
- Breaking barriers
- Gender roles
- Integrity and principled
- Activism and social justice
- Determination and resilience
You can also use the book to teach:
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Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice Synopsis
Rooted in Justice starts with her immigrant parents and how they met through the civil rights movement in California. Kamala’s parents foster the idea of justice in her and her sister, Maya. As a child, Kamala Harris went to civil rights marches with her parents. The idea of quality and justice was so embedded when her mother asked Kamala wanted he replied “Freedom”.
Eve then learns of Kamala’s life and activism through university. She studied political science before moving on to law school. Her career in law lead to becoming the attorney general of California before being elected to the US Senate, only the second black person to do so.
The book ends with Eve and her mother wondering if she will become the first female, black and South-East Asian Vice President.
Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice
Author: Nikki Grimes
Illustrator: Laura Freeman
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Nikki Grimes’ Official Website
Laura Freeman’s Official Website
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Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice Activities & Resources
I have created literacy graphic organizers for Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice. You can find them at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. There are many activities for each literacy area to differentiate depending on your student’s ability/age. They include activities for:
- Author’s Purpose
- Cause & Effect
- Character Traits and Analysis
- Comprehension Questions and Writing Prompts
- Inferring and Predicting
- Main Idea and Theme
- Making Connections
- Point of View
- Problem and Solution
- Retelling, Sequencing and Summarizing
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Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice Read-Aloud Questions
Read aloud sessions are a wonderful way for children to understand the connection between written text and spoken language. You can model reading habits and strategies, reading fluency, tone and eye contact. You can also introduce different genres, authors and illustrators.
- Have you read other books about justice and the people who fight for it?
- What did you learn about Kamala Harris that you didn’t know before?
- What do you think Nikki Grimes wanted the reader to learn from reading the book?
- What was the theme of the book? What details helped you come to this conclusion?
- How do you know justice is an important theme in this book? Find some examples of when Kamala Harris has fought for justice?
- How did Kamala’s family help her breakthrough barriers?
- What do you think is the most important accomplishment of Kamala Harris? Explain your answer.
- Why is Kamala Harris a good role model for Eve and other children?
- What barriers did Kamala breakthrough? What character traits helped her do this?
- Why did Nikki Grimes add ‘Rooted in Justice’ to the title? What do you think it means?
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