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  • 1. Read All About It Great books and how to use them in your classroom Jane Harper READ 823
  • 2. The Watsons go to Birmingham -- 1963 <ul><li>Historical fiction by Christopher Paul Curtis </li></ul><ul><li>An ordinary family is caught up in the struggle for Civil Rights in the United States. </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 5-8 </li></ul>
  • 3. The Watsons go to Birmingham -- 1963 <ul><li>Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging story with lots of humor </li></ul><ul><li>Accurate historical details </li></ul><ul><li>Believable characters </li></ul><ul><li>Irresistible first-person narrator </li></ul><ul><li>Could improve… </li></ul><ul><li>It is difficult to find any weaknesses in this multi-award-winning novel! </li></ul>
  • 4. Instructional ideas <ul><li>Use as a twin text with a non-fiction work to teach about the struggle for Civil Rights (Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, by Russell Freedman, for example.) </li></ul><ul><li>Brings history alive for children, because it is a great example of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary historic events. </li></ul>
  • 5. Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science <ul><li>Non-fiction by John Fleischman </li></ul><ul><li>A railroad worker suffers a freak accident when a 3-ft. long tamping iron pierces his head and exits completely. </li></ul><ul><li>Gr. 6 & up </li></ul>
  • 6. Phineas Gage <ul><li>STRENGTHS: </li></ul><ul><li>Meticulous historical research presented in an interesting way </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent photographs and other primary sources </li></ul><ul><li>WEAKNESSES: </li></ul><ul><li>Very few, but promises a little more “gore” than it delivers! </li></ul>
  • 7. Instructional Ideas <ul><li>Perfect for studying the history of medicine and the brain, particularly surgery. </li></ul><ul><li>Good topic for “history-mystery” studies. </li></ul><ul><li>Use in science classes to show how Gage’s accident, however tragic, helped advance the study of science. </li></ul>
  • 8. Master Man: A Tall Tale of Nigeria <ul><li>A tall tale told by Aaron Shepard and illustrated by David Wisniewski </li></ul><ul><li>Variant of a traditional tale of the Huasa people of Nigeria </li></ul><ul><li>Grades K-3 </li></ul>
  • 9. Master Man <ul><li>Exciting adventure and lots of action </li></ul><ul><li>Strong, interesting characters </li></ul><ul><li>Comic book/graphic novel style layout </li></ul><ul><li>Source notes provided by Shepard </li></ul><ul><li>3-D effect paper collage illustrations </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrations may be too detailed for effective read-aloud experience </li></ul><ul><li>Layout too busy and kinetic for some children </li></ul>STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES
  • 10. Instructional Ideas <ul><li>Would make a great companion to any version of “Jack in the Beanstalk.” </li></ul><ul><li>Good for introducing tall tales and pourquoi tales. </li></ul><ul><li>Social studies tie-in for African history </li></ul><ul><li>Good interactive read-aloud </li></ul><ul><li>Author provides a reader’s theater script on his Web site. </li></ul>

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