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I am looking to add some read alouds to 7th (World History) and 8th (US History). I tried it a bit last year and the kids do still love being read to. I'm looking for any and all suggestions.

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wingding 08-12-2009 12:55 PM

I agree with 1956BD about Fever 1793. It is a great book about Yellow Fever in Philadephia, and the kids can relate to the main character. Also, I am David is a great book. It is about a boy who escapes from a concentration camp and makes his way across Europe.

Oops...I just read your message about picture books. Sorry. I got carried away. I like the picture books by Jean Fritz - Can't you make them behave King George...etc

ccsteacher001 08-11-2009 06:04 AM

"Papa & the Pioneer Quilt" by Jean Van Leeuwen
"We are All Born Free" - Amnesty International
"Wagon Train - A Family Goes West in 1865" by Courtni C. Wright (focus on African American family)
"Almost to Freedom" by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (won the Coretta Scott King award)
"Boycott Blues-How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation" by Andrea Davis Pinkney
"How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the USA" by Marjorie Priceman

ccsteacher001 08-11-2009 06:01 AM

I've been visiting our county library this summer for that exact purpose and browsing the shelves. You might want to check out the children's non-fiction section. You'd be surprised what you'll find. I have started a list of books on my website, but it is down for maintenance right now. I'd love to collaborate with others on this topic. I teach 4th & 5th so my focus might be a little different.
Here are some titles from my discussion board.
"Seeing the Elephant: A Story of the Civil War" by Pat Hughes
"I Am America" by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
"John, Paul, George, & Ben" by Lane Smith
"I Want to be Free" by Joseph Slate
"Marshall, the Courthouse Mouse" by Peter Barnes (Topic: government & judicial branch)

1956BD 08-10-2009 08:34 PM

Patricia Polacco has some good titles for American History. Pink and Say is set during the Civil War. The Butterfly is about World War ll in France. Also try a book by Jane Yolen titled Encounter. It is about the discovery of America , but from the Native American point of view.

luv2teachkids 08-10-2009 07:54 PM

Casey Over There is a great picture book about a young boy and his life in the U.S. while his brother is fighting overseas in WWI.
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson and Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter fit into slavery and the underground railroad.
Leah's Pony by Elizabeth Friedrich for the Great Depression - it made me cry.
Peppe the Lamplighter - a boy from an immigrant family whose job is to light streetlamps.

meghannsf 08-10-2009 08:49 AM

I guess I should have been more clear...I need help with picture books to read. When I tried it last year, I loved introducing chapters with different picture books to "set the scene."


bellringer 08-10-2009 07:48 AM

I was captivated by Red Scarf Girl. I don't know if you cover the Mao era in China, but it is also a good lesson about life under a totalitarian government.

1956BD 08-10-2009 07:44 AM

How about Book Thief for World History and Fever 1793 for US History?

meghannsf 08-10-2009 06:33 AM

I am looking to add some read alouds to 7th (World History) and 8th (US History). I tried it a bit last year and the kids do still love being read to. I'm looking for any and all suggestions.

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