My students need 15 copies of "Going Solo" by Roald Dahl and 10 copies of "Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - The Worlds Most Dangerous Weapon" by Steve Sheinkin.
Ugh, History.... How boring!
Not so! Please help us bring history alive in our reading class!
Our class(es) are part the gifted pull-out program at our school.
We meet every day to enrich and extend our reading skills. Being a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) focus school, most of our day focuses on math and science, so unfortunately the love of reading and history tends to be overlooked.
Because of this, our teacher is always trying to find ways to help us see the importance (and joy) of reading & history. This can be challenging because, like most schools, we have limited resources and are short on books that would really help us with these efforts.
Another challenge has been finding books that are challenging for our higher-than-average reading levels, but yet age appropriate for us. The two book sets we are asking for are not only interesting but are also at appropriate reading levels for us.
Going Solo is the action-packed sequel to Boy, a tale of Dahl's exploits as a World War 2 pilot. Told with the same wonderful language that has made Roald Dahl one our class's favorite writers, Going Solo brings you directly into the action and into the mind of this fascinating man tying in history and humor like no one else can. Since we are currently reading Boy, Dahl's childhood autobiography, this would be an amazing book to follow up with.
The second book, Bomb by Steve Sheinkin, is a Newbery Honor award nonfiction book. It brings history to life with its fast-paced narrative about the development of the atomic bomb. It focuses on the science and scientists behind the creation of this terrible weapon, and is also introduces us to the spies who stole and passed on classified secrets to the Russians. The use of primary source documents, photos, & real life characters (like Harry Truman) provide insight into the people who helped make the world what it is today.
The author, Roald Dahl, and the events of World War 2 have already piqued our interest this year.
Having these two books will help us improve our reading skills and increase our knowledge of history as well as encourage our continued love of reading and history. We will be able to read, discuss, and create projects based on what we learn and then, hopefully, go beyond with researching similar topics and authors that interest us.
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