My students need 35 copies of the book George vs. George to help them look at character development and theme and how motivations affected historical events.
Have you ever thought how boring history is when you are just looking at facts and events? Then you started learning about the people involved in shaping history and how their life stories changed the course of events. That is when history comes alive.
My students are primarily English Language Learners who lack experiences to bring to the academic stage.
Our school is in a poor, mostly agricultural community where students' lives are very limited in what they do outside of school. Students need to see how what they are learning makes a difference in their lives. With the Common Core standards upon us, my students need to be able to take what they are learning and think about it in different ways.
What I want to do with my fifth graders is open their eyes to social studies and history as the study of the motivation of cultures and personalities to get the precious resources and even power to affect their lives. Students need to understand how politics and how we live go hand-in-hand to create the events of today which will become the history of tomorrow. I'm choosing some historical fiction pieces for them to read and study that will directly show them how the personalities in history were motivated to take the steps they did and, hopefully, make history more alive and meaningful to them.
My first selection is "George vs. George" which tells about the revolution from the point of views of King George and George Washington. I am requesting 35 copies of this book.
My students need to be able to see how all of the events and all of what they are learning are intertwined and each subject they learn about brings something to another subject.
Building relationships between literature and nonfiction texts, or seeing how cultural differences can clash and make change are ways to help them interpret the major themes in literature, science, social studies and in their own lives.
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