I've been emailing back and forth with one of my faculty advisors for my master's program in my content area-social studies, which I'm teaching next year! Yay! Yay! and more Yay! Okay, the school I'm going to has very low readers, so I plan on integrating tons of ELA and reading into my classes. One of the resources I have purchased for my 6th and 7th graders (class sets) is the "Story of the World" series of books. They are written for upper elementary, but I think these will help my kids. Some of the "stories" are true, some are "historical fiction," but the author does not distinguish between the two, I guess because it is targeted for elementary kids. Some myths for example, are told like they really happened (Zeus and Hera, for example). Those are fine, I know, to say this is fiction. But the first book in the series dealing with the ancient world presents the stories of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism in the same light--and I don't dare to classify them as either category fiction or non-fiction. And honestly, I don't want to discuss the establishment of these religions because I'm nervous in general. It is a part of our curriculum to teach the beliefs and practices of religions as we progress through world history, including oral traditions of cultural groups--but I don't want to be in the predicament of did these or did these things really happen or are they fictional accounts debates---maybe if I were a more seasoned teacher, but not now. Would it be okay to simply remove any stories from the book (cut them out, cheesy I know) that I am uncomfortable with? Or does a story or excerpt from a resource that cause discomfort taint the whole source--meaning I should toss the book entirely?? The faculty advisor sees no reason to remove them and to just inform the kids and parents that the stories are told from the perspective of faith, but that whether the events happened or not we cannot comment on and is up to the individual. I would rather just remove them entirely.