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review 2018-02-21 03:33
What's Your Name?
My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth - Ann Turner,James Ransome

AR: 4.4

Grade Level: 2nd-5th

Summary: My Name Is Truth describes the life of slave, Sojourner Truth. It goes into detail of her life as a slave, then dwells into how she received her name Sojourner Truth. 

Idea: I absolutely love this book! It's an excellent book to help introduce slavery to students. It encourages determination, what we want all of our students to have. I will most definitely be using this book to cover a unit on slavery during social studies. 

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review 2018-02-17 04:13
Helen Keller
Young Helen Keller: Woman of Courage (First-Start Biographies) - Benjamin

AR: 3.1

Grade Level: K-2nd

Summary: Hellen Keller describes the life of a young girl, who personally struggles with being both blind and deaf. It is great for younger students who may not understand this concept. 

Idea: I would use this book in my classroom to teach students more about diversity. I would make sure they learn that not everybody is made the same. An activity that I will allow my students to take part in, all school year, is sign language. I feel like sign language is a very useful tool. You never know when you may encounter someone who cannot speak with their mouth. I want to make sure that all of my students get a taste of as much diversity as possible. 


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review 2018-02-17 04:00
Anne Frank
Anne Frank: A Hidden Life - Mirjam Pressler

AR: 8.5

Grade Level: 6th-8th

Summary: Anne Frank: A Hidden Life is all about what Anne Frank and her family endured through the Holocaust. Anne Frank: A Hidden Life gives extreme detail, and allows the reader to experience the Holocaust through Anne's perspctive. 

Idea: This is a great way to intertwine reading into social studies because it covers a momumental part of our history.  I would most definitely use this book for upper grades, most likely 6th. I feel like the reading level and content is most appropiate here. For my lower level students, I can always fit this book into where I would meet their needs. This way, they would not miss out on a first hand account of a young girl, who experienced every bit of the Holocaust. 

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review 2018-02-14 03:44
Bud, Not Buddy
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis

AR: 5.0

Grade Level: 3rd-7th

Summary: Have you ever been through so many obstacles, while trying to reach a certain goal? Well, Bud has! He has been through foster homes, traveling through places unfamiliar to him, and has even had trouble with some vampires! His goal is to try to meet his father. This book shows the journey Bud travels through to get to his destination!

Idea: I would use this book to demonstrate how one is able to reach a set goal, no matter what. This is something I would want students to apply into everyday life. One activity I would have students do is to list their short and long term goals. I would meet with them, individually (once a week), to check on the progression of meeting those goals. I would want to see where they are, to make sure they are closer to reaching those goals! 

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review 2018-01-20 22:13
A Good Classic Story
Corduroy - Don Freeman

When I see the book, "Corduroy", I get a nostalgic feeling. It brings back memories of my childhood sitting in the elementary classroom listening to this story while each classmate passed around a stuffed Corduroy bear. I had this book in my personal childhood collection and it remains a staple now. Corduroy is a stuffed animal left on a toy store shelf to wonder when someone will come along and take him home. One little girl comes along and wants to take him home, but her mother says no due to his missing button on his overalls. Corduroy was so sad so he sets off into the mall to find himself a new button! To his disappointment, he doesn't find one, but that doesn't stop a very determined little girl. This story is a sweet reminder that everyone has a place and someone to love them no matter who you are. "Corduroy" can be used at the beginning of the year when students are making new friends and might be a little nervous. This story represents how friends can make us feel special and comfort us.


Lexile: 600L

Guided Reading Level: K

Suggested Grades: K-2


Link posted for "Corduroy" extensions.

Source: www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/corduroy-extension-activities
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