This past week I spent a lot of time organizing a year's worth of curriculum and decided to share one of my favorite resources from the year! KIDCAPS! Having time to reflect on what I've been teaching, I realized just how much I have used and loved these books all year long. This week, I will begin reviewing all 8 of my previous units to gear up for our final unit, The ABCs of American History from 1865-Present Day.
The unit we are wrapping up is a narrative unit. When teaching literary standards, I love short stories because you get the big picture, from start to finish in one sitting. It allows you to cover multiple standards quickly. Since testing is coming up, multiple standards quickly is a big goal for me...isn't it always?
This particular series of informational texts starts with a NARRATIVE INTRODUCTION that grabs students from the word go! Each book is then packed with informational text that explains some not-so-kid- friendly topics, in kid-friendly ways. For example, this series addresses each war in American History from the Civil War to our current situation in Afghanistan. Kid friendly materials on Afghanistan is not something that is easy to come by and because this series uses both narrative and informational text structures to teach about historical topics, these books are a WIN-WIN no matter what ELA standards you are teaching!
Because I plan to review literary standards and social studies topics together this week, (that's just what I do) some kid-friendly narrative nonfiction short stories are just what I need!
I typically retype and credit the KidCaps narrative so that I can highlight some key terms, figurative language, plot points, etc. and then print on card stock with a few pics, to file away in my unit binders for next year. Here's a little taste of one of the narratives I'll be using this week. By the time I finish this story, I am certain my students will never forget what happened in Normandy, France!
|adapted from: America in World War II-KidCaps|
Thanks for taking a moment to let me share "A Peek at my Week!" I hope you can find some KidCaps to assist you as you integrate your content area topics into your ELA classrooms!
Hop over and take a PEEK at the weekly plans of a few teacher friends over at Mrs. Laffin's Laughings! Maybe you'll find something else you can incorporate into your week!