Reading aloud to children can be one of the most generous acts of kindness we can give as adults. However, reading aloud as a teacher can either significantly ignite students' love of literacy and storytelling or become free time to disengage, widening the achievement gap considerably.
So, let's collaborate to make read alouds engaging for ALL.
Ragweed as a Tool:
Ragweed is a novel that makes connections to profound events and moments of social engagement from mid 20th Century US history. However, many of the characters behaviors, dispositions and attitudes are just as relevant today. It is also an excellent example to teach kids about how characters, in a narrative or real life, change over time. Introverts and extroverts, bullies and bystanders, urban perspectives and country perspectives, and so many more. It is all about how deep you want to take this story.
This resources is designed in such a way that allows you present important story elements visually as you read aloud. You can expand, elaborate or even skip over pages however you see fit. With older kids you can explore more deeply US segregation and Civil Rights issues. When I used this with my 4th graders I was able to introduce The Little Rock Nine whereas when I read this novel to 6th graders we had incredible discussion focused on empathy and points of view directly connected with race as well as the purpose of white supremacy and the KKK.
- 20 + printable pages for a wall display (I used blue painters tape to create a story mountain on my classroom wall then pin up the main ideas of each event.)
- a compare and contrast mini lesson
- active processing questions
- easy to adjust story mountain tracker (green x)
- supporting images and captions for Rosa Parks, The Little Rock Nine, and Malala Yousafzai