Welcome to the first in a series of BOOKS TEACHERS CAN USE IN THE CLASSROOM. Over the next several weeks I hope to feature a variety of children’s authors whose books can be used to enhance the curriculum in the classroom. By providing teacher resources such as curriculum guides, activity sheets and vocabulary lists, teachers will have an easy way to bring more books into the classroom for enhancing the curriculum or getting kids interested in independent reading.
The first book featured is an MG historical fiction selection that happens to be my own book,WHEELS OF CHANGE (WOC) – Creston Books 2014. Many teachers in classes I’ve visited have said they are doing historical fiction units as part of their reading/writing curriculum. If that’s you , or a teacher you know, WOC MAY BE JUST WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR. If you know a classroom teacher in 3rd through 6th grade, share this post with them. The book is a good Read Aloud for 3rd and 4th grades, and can be used for silent reading and discussion with older students.
Here’s a brief description:
Racial intolerance, social change, sweeping progress. It is a turbulent time growing up in 1908. For twelve year old EMILY SOPER, life in Papa’s carriage barn is magic. Emily is more at home hearing the symphony of the blacksmith’s hammer, than trying to conform to the proper expectations of females. Many prominent people own Papa’s carriages. He receives an order to make one for President Theodore Roosevelt. Papa’s livelihood becomes threatened by racist neighbors, and horsepower of a different sort. Emily is determined to save Papa’s business even if she has to go all the way to the President.
The book has a downloadable CURRICULUM GUIDE for the second wave of the Industrial Revolution, CORE CONTENT study questions, VOCABULARY LISTS, as well as other supplemental materials for use in the classroom. The book also lends itself to discussion of segregation after the Civil War, Women’s Suffrage and the roles of males and females in early 1900’s: http://www.darlenebeckjacobson.com/teachers.htm
I am offering a FREE SKYPE VISIT to teachers who use the book in their classrooms and post a review of it on Amazon to share with other teachers/librarians. I will also give away one signed copy. To enter the drawing for this give-away, leave a comment regarding how you would use the book in your classroom.
WHEELS OF CHANGE is a National Council of Social Studies Notable Trade Book and won Honorable Mention from the Grateful American Book Prize in 2015.
Stay tuned to this blog for more teacher-friendly selections in the weeks to come.