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History and Literature Integrate in a Story of Tolerance
My students need 35 copies of the novel The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare to experience quality literature that integrates themes of American History.
Now that the instructional shift is moving away from scripted reading anthologies, I am eager to keep up with the times. My fifth grade students desperately need to read novels and learn to look for symbols, themes, and use inferential comprehension skills.
I teach fifth grade in a low socioeconomic neighborhood.
The families with whom I work have limited resources, and many of my students read below grade level. I am constantly in awe of the community our school has created. Parents and teachers all work hard for the success of our students. Because of the strong belief in academic rigor, and passion for making each student the best they can be, I am inspired daily. This being said, hard work and enthusiasm can only take an educator so far. Budget cuts have gravely hurt our ability to provide our students with the resources they need, and our families are unable to fill our financial gaps.
Now that teachers will have more choice in the materials we will use to get students ready for the Common Core standards, I am eager to choose powerful novels that not only help my students practice vital reading comprehension skills, but also connect them to important moments in our nation's history. The Sign of the Beaver is a beautifully written account of a young homesteader boy who befriends a Native American boy. The two learn valuable lessons from one another, one of the most poignant being tolerance. With this novel, students will practice such standards as identifying symbols and metaphors, author's purpose, making inferences, and siting evidence to support their inferences. In addition, students will connect with the Westward Expansion movement in US history and the clash between homesteaders and Native Americans.
If you fund this project, my students will have a much deeper connection to American history, be much stronger and much more sophisticated readers, and be more prepared for the academic rigor that middle school English class can present.
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