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Annie Shapiro and the Clothing Workers' Strike

Life wasn't easy for Annie Shapiro and the other clothing workers in Chicago in 1910. Bosses could be mean and the hours were long. When the workers' pay was cut, Annie had to take a stand. At first no one took seventeen-year-old Annie seriously when she walked out of work. But her brave act sparked a strike that grew include to forty thousand workers. Would bosses ever listen to workers? Would months of striking really lead to better conditions? In the back of this book, you'll find a script and instructions for putting on a reader's theater performance of this adventure.


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"Dramatic double-page spreads in deep shades of red and brown focus on Annie as they show the confrontations, both in the mass street protests and at home, where Annie's dad supports her, but her mom worries that no man will marry such a strong-willed girl. After the story, an author’s note fills in more historical facts, and a reader’s theater section features roles for Annie, two narrators, and two additional readers and includes practical notes about costumes, props, and performance. Fun for classroom reading and discussion." -- Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 7 - 10
Author Marlene Targ Brill
Illustrator Jamel Akib
ISBN 1580136729
Publication Date Oct 1, 2010
Publisher Lerner Classroom
Language English