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