How does reading compare in the classrooms of Sandy Ridge Elementary and Law Primary school?
We have just finished a unit on Historical Fiction. Texts that we read included Ruby Bridges, Rose Blanche, Pink and Say and Clara`s Freedom Quilt. All of which focus on important issues in history e.g holocaust and World War II, Slavery, Civil Rights and Civil War. The focus has been on comparing different texts on the same theme, characters and how they think, feel and act in response to key events and what this tells us about them. Telling a story from a different perspective, focusing on the who, what, why, when where of a story, and the setting, finding evidence in the text of the particular period in time, including language used. Picture books are used to discuss lots of deeper issues and then children go and read their chapter books focusing on the same issues in their own texts.