Kinda Like Brothers

Kinda Like Brothers

Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.                                                                      Publication date: 09/29/2015

Pages: 256                                                                                                               Delivery: Class Reading

Lexie: 600L                                                                                                             Age Range: 8 – 12 Years

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Podcast – This link brings you to an NPR podcast of both a short introduction to what the novel is about and a little interview with its author Coe Booth
New York Times – This article give a little insight into what makes this book so moving, discussing some of Coe Booth’s topics she brings up in Kinda Like Brothers.


  1. Text Annotation – Encouraging students to keep track of what is happening in the book, who the characters are, and what points they find interesting, irritating, or potentially sublime is a great opportunity for students to not only interact directly with the text, but also act as great start up topics for book talks
  2. Reflection and Connection – Giving students time to reflect back on what they have ready and connect it to the overarching curricular aim of the lesson is very important as well. It gives the students an opportunity for both independent and collaborative learning and really emphasizes a student-centered learning approach in the classroom.
  3. Social Studies Content Connection – This book give students a entry into the civil rights movements that are currently happening today in America. By bridging some of the topic of this book into the concepts presented in not only today’s society, but a social studies class, students will be able to have more meaningful conversations.
  • Key Vocabulary: While specific words weren’t difficult to comprehend, there were specific concepts, such as
    • Foster Care -the raising or supervision of foster children, as orphans or delinquents, in an institution, group home, or private home, usually arranged through a government or social-service agency that provides remuneration for expenses.
    • Divorce – a judicial declaration dissolving a marriage in whole or in part,especially one that releases the marriage partners from allmatrimonial obligations.
    • Betrayal – to be unfaithful in guarding, maintaining, or fulfilling
    • Civil Rights – rights to personal liberty established by the 13th and 14thAmendments to the U.S. Constitution and certain Congressional acts,especially as applied to an individual or a minority group.
  • Before Reading:
    • Guest Speaker – To spark interest, have someone from the local adoption agency come in and talk about what life is like for the kids that are going though  this program.
  • During Reading:
    • Split-Page Note taking – A guided form of note taking to make sure students are following along with what is happening in the novel and have notes to be able to recall what happened in the text.
  • After Reading:
    • Student Book Talk- After fining the novel, students will be paired up into groups of 3-4 and conduct a book talk, following a set of guided questions and discussing their opinions of the book.

Writing Activity:

  • At one point in the novel, Jarrett’s role model, Quasim, is searched by the cops. How do this make both Quasim and Jarrett feel when the police officer searches him? How does this one scene relate back to what is happening in today’s society or some of the relevant events that have been occurring in the news.

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