I’ve taught it as a read aloud for 5th grade, three years running. I taught a one month Social Studies unit on the history of African Americans in the US and another mini unit on the Great Depression to give the students background knowledge of the Jim Crow South during the Depression. I have seen students who hate reading become “converted” to the world of great literature. I explain to the students that, while the main characters are children, it’s not a children’s book. I also explain that there is a difference between the books that they have read up to that point and Pulitzer Prize winning books. I teach it to children in the 5th grade knowing that they will probably read it again in Junior High or High School. I want them to have a good relationship with the book before it becomes a tedious task.