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What makes our classroom unique is our authentic use of literature to learn not only about author's craft and literary elements, but we also use literature to analyze the author's craft and elements in order to learn how to leave our footprint on the world. We LOVE to use literature to learn how to become better people. All great literature has a theme that can be applied to the world around us. We have already learned how important it is to learn from the mistakes of our past, and we know Countdown will continue to help us grow and learn how we can make this world a better place even at a young age. By having a class set of the book Countdown by Deborah Wiles, we will be able to hone our ELA skills, such as determining theme, mood, tone, types of conflict, elements of plot, author's craft, etc. We will also be able to understand history on a personal, less abstract level since the book is based on events from the sixties, including the Cold War. Most importantly, we will determine how we can use the experiences Franny and those close to her have - to learn more about ourselves and how to develop our own character. All great novels, especially historical fiction, show growth of the protagonist. He/She develops into a better person through conflicts. Franny and everyone around her is currently living in fear due to factors out of their control. Somehow, though, life must go on. How will Franny choose to face challenges? How can we apply this to our lives so that we don't have to live life in fear? How can we encourage others to rise to the challenge?

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What makes our classroom unique is our authentic use of literature to learn not only about author's craft and literary elements, but we also use literature to analyze the author's craft and elements in order to learn how to leave our footprint on the world. We LOVE to use literature to learn how to become better people. All great literature has a theme that can be applied to the world around us. We have already learned how important it is to learn from the mistakes of our past, and we know Countdown will continue to help us grow and learn how we can make this world a better place even at a young age. By having a class set of the book Countdown by Deborah Wiles, we will be able to hone our ELA skills, such as determining theme, mood, tone, types of conflict, elements of plot, author's craft, etc. We will also be able to understand history on a personal, less abstract level since the book is based on events from the sixties, including the Cold War. Most importantly, we will determine how we can use the experiences Franny and those close to her have - to learn more about ourselves and how to develop our own character. All great novels, especially historical fiction, show growth of the protagonist. He/She develops into a better person through conflicts. Franny and everyone around her is currently living in fear due to factors out of their control. Somehow, though, life must go on. How will Franny choose to face challenges? How can we apply this to our lives so that we don't have to live life in fear? How can we encourage others to rise to the challenge?

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