Need another class book

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  1. dumbdiety

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    Greets all. I've got three different sets of class books...
    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Fantasy
    Hatchet - Survival Fiction
    Whipping Boy - Historical Fiction
    I'm looking for one more (one class read aloud per 9 weeks). I would LIKE a biography, but I can't think of any besides Anne Frank and the kids do that in 6th grade at my school. Anyone have a suggestion(s)?
     
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  3. Upsadaisy

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    The one about Benedict Arnold might be good because they get a kick out of learning about a 'traitor' and it ties in with the Revolutionary time period.

    If the timing for that pick would be around January, a bio of MLK would be great. If February, then a bio of a notable African American.

    Another suggestion, not a bio, is Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. I do a unit on WWII when we read this, since I never get to that era in social studies.
     
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    We look at different parts of Thomas Alva Edison biographies, but besides that, the only novel I have that is a biography is Lost Star, which is about Amelia Earhart. I also have three Anne Frank ones, but I've never really used them too much, except for when I talked about the 1900s in Social Studies towards the end of the year.

    I have one copy of The Devil's Arithmetic. Perhaps a book like that one or Number the Stars can prepare the kids for Anne Frank the following year.

    One book I have many copies of is My Side of the Mountain, which is typically read in 5th grade. The boys especially like it.

    Oh, and I have heard that The Watsons Go to Birmingham- 1963 rocks! That may work, too!
     
  5. runsw/scissors

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    You should also be able to find bios or Rosa Parks or Harriet Tubman. Another option, although it could be a short unit, is Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Tuck Everlasting is good as is Bridge to Terrabithia.
     
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    How about the Russell Freeman (Freedman?) book Lincoln: a Photobiography? It won a Newberry (Newbury?) I think I'll buy a spelling book for myself.
     
  7. dumbdiety

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    re: Bridge to Terabithia
    I just watched this movie last night...I don't remember the book being so **** depresing near the end! I've got it in my class library, I'm going to have to read it again! If I remember correctly, most of the book made it in the movie with very little changes. If that's the case, then I may need to use that book. Thankfully no one else was here when they saw me...uh...crying over my spilt beer.... :)
     
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    We don't use many biographies at all.

    Here are some other good ones:

    The Indian in the Cupboard
    Walk Two Moons
    The Pinballs
    Bridge to Terabithia
    The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
     
  10. osutx

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    Number the Stars is a good one too!
     

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