Social studies a class where students are able to experience the world. For the majority of students, they do not have the chance to experience the world outside of the community because of limited resources. I teach in a low-income neighborhood where most of the students cannot imagine a life outside of their hometown. In my 6th grade Social Studies classroom, we travel the world, study how people of the past lived, and we examine the world around us.
Creative, funny, passionate, adventurous; those are just a few words that describe my wonderful group of sixth graders.
In my classroom, they are explorers, archeologists, and experts on any given ancient civilization we might be covering that day.
These kids deserve a chance to know there is a world outside their small community, that there is a whole world worth exploring, and that social studies can transport them outside their community, if only for a class period.
I believe instilling a love of reading is the best thing you can teach a student. A book can transport them outside of their own little world, whether it be to Hogwarts, the Shire, the antebellum South, or even Ancient Egypt. My students are struggling and reluctant readers, the average reading level is 3rd grade, and I see the frustration on their faces every day. This set of 35 books would be used every day during our Ancient Greece Unit to explore mythology.
This novel could transport my students into a world of Greek Mythology and take them on a grand adventure.
This book could be the spark that ignites a love of reading or gives confidence to the struggling reader. With this book, my students will have a storyline to go with the historical narrative of Greek mythology. History will come alive for them with the Lightning Thief.
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