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Readers weary of materials celebrating
Columbus and his voyages will be refreshed and intrigued by this
thought-provoking picture book. The imaginative story examines the first meeting
between Columbus and the indigenous peoples of San Salvador (the Taino) through
the eyes of a young native boy. The unnamed narrator has been warned in an
ominous dream that the strangers may bring trouble to his people. His concerns
are ignored, however, and the Taino greet their guests with customary feasting
and gifts, only to be repaid by the abduction of several of their young people.
Taken among the captives, the boy escapes and slowly makes his way home, trying
to convince others along the way that the Spanish pose a threat, but to no
avail. Yolen acknowledges in an author's note that no record of the Tainos'
reaction to Columbus's arrival is available; this account is instead an
evocative imagining of how things might have been. The haunting story is
perfectly complemented by Shannon's powerful acrylic paintings. He mentions
that, in fact, the Taino did not wear clothing, but feels that his decision to
clothe them does not interfere with the plausibility or effectiveness of his
presentation. A book that offers readers an alternative perspective on a
well-known and much-celebrated historical event. --Lisa Dennis
A friend has asked me for recommendations for literature for her 6th graders
to integrate with her world history lessons. The emphasis is on ancient
civilizations, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, etc. up through the Middle Ages.
- Writing stories about your families.
We The Teachers
- You can join and create
groups, mini communities for planning, networking, or just hanging out.
Write on the chalkboard, make friends, learn from each other.
Industrial Revolution -
The Industrial Revolution is an important part of your Social Studies
education. Connecting fiction to real events enables the student to continue
making connections and creates a real understanding of historical events. Check
out this book from your library. It is an intriguing story of a young girl who
is forced to work in the mills during the Industrial Revolution. You will not
be able to put it down!
Domino's Social Studies and Reading Website - I believe it is so important
to teach reading skills across the curriculum. One of the reasons our students
are having such a difficult time with the FCATs is because they do not
comprehend what they are reading. They also experience problems reading their
textbooks because many of our learners read on a lower level than the textbook
was written. It has become such a critical issue, so if you are a student,
parent, or teacher, I hope you will keep coming back to my website for more
information on teaching READING ACROSS the CURRICULUM.
Island - printable leveled books to use with your social studies
lessons, Ages ago the pirate Lea LeLivre came to this island and buried his
treasure. It was a treasure of books. If you can find them and dig them up,
they're yours to print out and keep! (Full
To find the hidden books, move your cursor over the treasure map until you find
a hidden link. Clicking it will open that treasure chest of books.
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