My students need 21 copies of "Soldier's Heart" and 22 copies of "Across Five Aprils" to complete a Civil War book review project.
This project expired on November 6, 2013.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
"Can we start reading now?" This is what one hopeful student asked after I introduced the idea of the book review project to the class. I checked out a copy of both books from the public library to show them, and my students cannot wait to begin reading their own!
My students are brave.
They have the courage to face challenges and break barriers related to poverty, language, and discrimination. My students work hard. They come to school each day, some of them from dangerous neighborhoods or crowded housing. My students are nice. They take care of each other, even when their own needs are not met. Every day I am given another reason to be proud of my students. They deserve every meaningful learning experience available to them.
Gary Paulsen and Irene Hunt are phenomenal writers. Their stories appeal to children and adults alike. I believe Paulsen's "Soldier's Heart" will teach not only valuable history lessons, but also lessons of survival and growing up. My students do not always have the resources they need, and survival is a theme that really resonates with them. Hunt's book, "Across Five Aprils" deals with family struggles and children entering adulthood whether or not they feel ready. My students can identify with these themes because many of them are having to grow up too fast. Through reading and discussion, we will not only learn about a pivotal event in history, but about personal triumph through struggle. Students will ultimately review the book they read and provide any insights they gained through this process.
My students need more reading materials they can connect with.
Having this project funded could mean making those connections, and helping students see that their efforts are not in vain.
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