Now, on to the reason we read blogs in the first place! My number one reason for reading blogs is to learn about books and creative ways to use them in the classroom. My number one reason for blogging is that I can't seem to stop talking about books and this is my outlet for sharing them. :) Today I'm linking up with COLLABORATION CUTIES to talk about Social Studies Mentor Texts.
After reading this book, I must admit that I realized I hadn't really thought about what it must have been like for people under Communist rule. I was aware of the details, but was missing the empathy. THE WALL gives you a taste of what it must have been like to live behind the Iron Curtain and to be denied art, music, and books. This book gives you the empathy. With empathy kids gain interest, and when they have interest, they are ready to learn! I was a young child during the latter part of these years, and I knew Communists were bad, but I never really "felt" it. What an eye opener this book was for me!
The bottom lines read, " Things got worse...and worse."
Imagine the lessons on tone and mood. Frankly those lines alone give me chills. Notice the small yet prominent pops of red in the illustrations.
As an added bonus, while researching text for the COLD WAR, I stumbled across a lesson comparing Uri Shulevitz's SNOW to the COLD WAR, saying that the reviewer couldn't help but think the author of SNOW was trying to create a metaphor through his dull, gray illustrations for how Russians must have felt during those times. I plan to use these two books together just as the reviewer suggested. What a fabulous way to bring metaphors to life in Social Studies! I see some very interesting critical thinking and writing happening through the use of these two books!
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Have a wonderful Sunday and a wonderful week!