Annie Shapiro and the Clothing Workers' Strike

From the Series History Speaks: Picture Books Plus Reader's Theater

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

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. Download additional copies of the script plus sound effects, background images, and more ideas that will help make your reader’s theater performance a success through Lerner eSource.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Fiction
Category Social Studies
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2010-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.8
BISACS JUV030060, JUV016150
Dewey 331.892'887097731109041
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.75 x 10.25
Lexile 660
Guided Reading Level S
ATOS Reading Level 4.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 137422
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Original artwork, Pronunciation guide, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource


The Horn Book Guide

“The series could be useful in classrooms to engage reluctant historians.” —The Horn Book Guide

Library Media Connection

“These very readable stories personalize important events and give children a feel for the times they take place. Easier to approach than historical novels, these books will appeal to children encountering the great events of American history for the first time…. These books make history come alive in a unique and interesting way.” —Library Media Connection


“Fun for classroom reading and discussion.” —Booklist

Author: Marlene Targ Brill

Marlene is an award-winning author of almost 70 titles for readers preschool through adult. She began writing while teaching children with disabilities, producing materials to help her students learn. With time, the desire to write grew stronger. Soon she was writing for a variety of formats—magazines, internet, newspapers, scripts, books, and textbooks for readers of all ages. Yet, she never forgets where the dream of writing originated—through work with children. She is drawn back into classrooms to share the wonders of research and writing, and, of course, reading books.

Illustrator: Jamel Akib

Jamel Akib was born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England, to mixed English and Malaysian parentage. He is an award-winning artist. He lives in West Sussex, England.

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History Speaks: Picture Books Plus Reader's Theater

Bring to life important stories from U.S. history with the History Speaks: Picture Books Plus Reader’s Theater. These books bring together illustrated picture books with reader’s theater scripts for students to practice fluency. In the back of each book, you’ll… View available downloads →