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Old 09-07-2011, 06:03 PM
 
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I am teaching 7th grade world history this year and need help choosing a novel to read as a class.


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Old 09-08-2011, 05:18 AM
 
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Will this be a read-aloud or will you have a class set?

Iqbal (Pakistan) and Master Puppeteer (Japan) would be good either way. If you have a class set, Midwife's Apprentice or Catherine, Called Birdy (Europe, middle ages) would be excellent, as would Year of Impossible Goodbyes (Korea) this latter one, especially for honors.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:51 PM
 
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Homeless Bird (India) is a great read. All of my kids got into this one!!
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Time Warp Trio has some books that would be great for a read-aloud or for your lower level students.

http://www.timewarptrio.com/teachers...s/books-links/
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:45 AM
 
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Chu Ju's House (China)
Dar and the Spear Thrower (early man)
The Wicked History of ______ (many options)


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Old 09-20-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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How do you incorporate a novel into your history class? I would really like to try it, but I just don't see how I would ever have the time, especially in my World History class where the amount of material I have to cover is so substantial.
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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I am going to be starting Dar an the Spear Thrower by the end of this week possibly next. I usually read for the first 10-15 minutes of class and then proceed with the lesson. It is a great way to reinforce what I am teaching in class at the time.

When I do Chu Ju's House I do read it for the a good chunk of the class as that is how I teach cultures in my World Geography class.
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Do you take turns reading as a class? Do they have any reading assigned to them outside of class? And about how long does it take you to complete at novel at that rate?

Thanks for your help -- I think I'm going to look into this more!
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:05 PM
 
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One more question -- does anybody do this with 9-12 students? I teach all levels, and I'm thinking this will work best with my 7-8th grade students. Any thoughts?
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Started Dar this week. I read for about 10 minutes, usually 2 chapter (they are very short). Students have a graphic organizer they fill in as tehy go. We stop and discuss in between and make connections with our lesson material. I should be done with the book by the end of next week barring any thing that may pop up in between.

When I do Chu Ju's house I do have access to 6 copies. I tried a fish bowl approach where the 4 students sat in the fish bowl and took turns reading aloud to the class. Great way to practice accuracy and fluency too.

These novels are merely an extension to the classroom material. I don't have enough copies for them to take home. I do have the book, I think it is title, The Story of hte World with short readings in it that I do copy for the students to read through and discuss.


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