“Maggie’s American Dream” by James P. Comer (228 pages) is a compelling nonfiction book about the author and his mother, Maggie. Because “Maggie’s American Dream” is easy to read, it could be used with students from Grade 7 through college. This high-interest book about the Black American family is sure to engage students while offering a window into 20th century American history.
Maggie’s life began in poverty in the deep Sough in the early twentieth century. After moving north to Indiana, just outside of Chicago, Maggie’s determination and sound decisions enabled her to shepherd her family to success in just one generation.
This book can be used to help student develop their vocabulary. I have used this book and vocabulary list in a pre-college summer bridge program at my university.
This nine-page list of 96 words and cultural references from “Maggie’s American Dream” is in the order in which the words appear in the book. Page references and space for students to write definitions are included.