Unite or Die

Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation
by Jacqueline Jules
Publisher: Charlesbridge, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-58089-190-5
For ages: 8-12


Unite or Die, winner of the 2010 Library of Virginia Cardozo Award, aligns with curriculum and standardized tests on essential knowledge regarding the formation of the U.S. Constitution and American government. Author talk presents the conflicts and compromises of the 1787 Constitutional Convention through colorful comics projected on a screen.


“The abandonment of the Articles of Confederation in favor of a federal Constitution probably ranks among the more soporific U.S.history topics, particularly for grade school students. Jules gives it a surprisingly engaging twist in this picture-book treatment, which features a cast of schoolkids putting on a play in which the arguments for and against adopting a Constitution and the details of equitable representation and individual rights are hashed out in kid-friendly dialogue . . . .” — Bulletin of the Center For Children’s Literature.

Reading Guide/Activities Reader’s Theater http://www.charlesbridge.com/client/client_pdfs/downloadables/UniteorDie_ReadersTheater.pdf

Constitution Day Song http://www.jacquelinejules.com/In%201787.htm

Book Trailer http://youtu.be/V5oQ6NTjF_M

About the Author

Jacqueline Jules is the award-winning author of 23 books for young readers including the Zapato Power chapter book series (Albert Whitman) and Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation (Charlesbridge, 2009). She is also a teacher, librarian, and poet. At author visits, she teaches the audience original songs so they leave the presentation humming. You can hear The Ballad of Freddie Ramos at her website.
Author’s website

School Visit Information http://www.jacquelinejules.com/presentations.htm