This book is for students with reading and listening comprehension deficits. It is ideal for visual and kinesthetic learners, particularly those who love to draw, but it can be beneficial for students with other learning preferences and interests as well. It covers the California fifth grade Social Studies standards, which cover United States history through the 1800s. Each page of this book contains a sentence about an event or concept relating to United States history.
1 copy of this book
1 blank drawing book for each student
colored markers or pencils for each student
Using this Book
Students create their own visual history books using captions provided in this book and their own drawings based on those captions. Go in order and discuss the sentence on each page of this book. When you’re sure everyone understands the concept, have the students copy the sentence into their blank books and then do a drawing of what the sentence says. The white pages in this book are section dividers with titles. Have the students copy the titles as well so they’ll have an organized pictorial account of the history.
After completing each section, have the students present their drawings and describe what they represent. This book provides a rubric you can use to gauge progress. Also, you might want to keep a video record of the presentations to accompany the drawings for student portfolios.