My students need variety! In the age of multimedia, my students need to experience narratives told in traditional forms as well as graphic novels. They need Wobblies!: A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World and The Boy of the Painted Cave.
McLuhan wrote, "Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either." In my room at my school, we have a rigorous, rambunctious, and at times, ransacked social studies classroom!
The school neighborhood has students of a wide variety of learning styles, cultural origins, and religions, but what they all share is zany, passionate teachers who tune into students.
Our students represent locales as far from our school as Uzbekistan, Ecuador, and China, to nearby Sheepshead Bay and Coney Island!
What began as a Historical Fiction classroom library is developing into a bit broader of a goal, incorporation historical non-fiction as well! Our goal of Literature Circles is still on target, but we want more avenues to facilitate discussion. Literature circles are sort of like a book club. Students will get historical fiction novels to read and discuss with their peers. All I will provide is the texts and the opportunities.
Technology has been a wonderful gift to our school, but it has shouldered the traditional library.
Offering students historical fiction and non-fiction texts in a variety of genres and reading levels will present an opportunity to read great novels that supplement their social studies curriculum!
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