My students need informational novels, such as the "What Was..." and "Who Was..." series to help broaden their knowledge of influential people and events that have occurred through the course of history.
My students are an amazing bunch of kids who come from varying social and economic backgrounds. A lot of my students come from single-parent homes and receive free or reduced-priced lunch. We are also a Title I school, with a large number of military families.
Not surprisingly, I have found that students are resilient when given opportunity and expectations.
No matter their backgrounds or abilities, they will rise to the occasion when you set high expectations, foster their learning and provide a positive, safe and uplifting learning environment.
I am the ELAR inclusion teacher for 5th grade, and my classes are composed of a mixture of students, who are all eager to improve themselves in any way that they can.
I have found that my students are interested in nonfiction texts and history based novels. However, according to them, they do not necessarily enjoy reading long, "boring" texts with words they do not quite understand yet.
These short biographies, like "Who Was Frederick Douglass" and "Who Were the Tuskeegee Airman," as well as short historical novels like, "What Was the Great Depression" and "What Was the Women's Rights Movement," are classroom favorites, and students are quick to check them out when they become available!
Most have been read on a continuous cycle, and students are often asking for me to purchase more, especially when the book fair rolls around.
Through reading these types of short novels, students are learning about important people and events that helped to shape, not only the United States, but also the world.
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