I work with 64 amazing 4th graders in a k-5 charter school on the south side of Chicago. Our school was developed in response to the need for a high performing grammar school in the South Shore neighborhood. We believe that in order to best serve our students, their families and community must have a part almost everything we do. Our parents, therefore, are an integral part of our school. We have built and maintain strong relationships with our families through weekly touchpoints, morning pick up and drop off routines, and our various community events. Many of our students have known each other for years and have siblings that also attend our school, which only adds to our family atmosphere.
Intelligent, energetic, and creative; my students love learning and bring their individuality into the classroom.
Despite their countless strengths, many of our students are below grade level in reading. It is, therefore, so important that we provide them with strong, interesting reading books, that also incorporate historical events, to help close this gap and prepare them for success at high performing high-schools and universities.
The requested books are the foundation of our 3rd reading module. "Through George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides," my students will study the history of the American revolution, from two different perspectives. This informational text will be used throughout the module to provide historical context for our lessons and discussions. Students will also learn how to differentiate between first person and third person narration through the story of the Boston tea Party in "Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak." Lastly, students will learn how to analyze the relationship between one’s personal experiences and their perspectives on controversial issues through the historical fiction, "The Scarlet Stockings Spy."
My students deserve to read high quality books with interesting characters and stories to analyze.
These books will not only help educate our students on a major part of American History, but will also present the information in new and interesting ways to keep them engaged and learning at their full potential.
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