Reading, Teaching, Learning

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Nonfiction Wednesday

Thank you to Kid Lit Frenzy for inspiring a lot of us to read more nonfiction!

Here are my nonfiction reviews for this week:

My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I read this aloud to my 4th graders last Thursday. I read it every year to my classes because I like the fresh perspective MLK's sister gives us about his childhood. My students get a kick out of the fact that he was a prankster and regular kid. This is a good book to use to teach the indicator about point of view affecting the story.


I read this aloud to my 4th graders last Thursday. I read it every year to my classes because I like the fresh perspective MLK's sister gives us about his childhood. My students get a kick out of the fact that he was a prankster and regular kid. This is a good book to use to teach the indicator about point of view affecting the story.

I loved listening to this biography of Claudette Colvin, a teenager who challenged segregation on the bus before Rosa Parks, told by Phillip Hoose and Colvin herself. It's interesting that she isn't as well known as Parks, but when hearing her story, there are several factors that explain it. She was thought of as emotional and young, her classmates shunned her over the conflict, and she became an unwed teenage mother. However, no one can dispute her courage and commitment to making a change. She was pretty amazing. I wish I could share it with my 4th graders but some of the language and topics are too mature. Great for 6th grade and up, though!
 
 

What nonfiction books are you reading this week?


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