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Lola48
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Content area text information in literature

Hello! I am a university adjunct professor teaching content reading to teachers who, hopefully, in turn, will be able to teach science and social studies better - we are concerned about the difficulty of texts for students in content area classes (6 - 12th grades). So, I am looking for stories and texts that are interesting to read and get the information passed on in a better way for some of our students. Does this make any sense? For instance, the bigotry and racism of the 50's is well told in the book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. So, I will be listening and hoping to find out other novels that encourage understanding of important historical events.
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Re: Content area text information in literature


Lola48 wrote:
Hello! I am a university adjunct professor teaching content reading to teachers who, hopefully, in turn, will be able to teach science and social studies better - we are concerned about the difficulty of texts for students in content area classes (6 - 12th grades). So, I am looking for stories and texts that are interesting to read and get the information passed on in a better way for some of our students. Does this make any sense? For instance, the bigotry and racism of the 50's is well told in the book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. So, I will be listening and hoping to find out other novels that encourage understanding of important historical events.


If you haven't discovered these already, other books you may want to check out are Markus Zusak's award-winning novel about the Holocaust, The Book Thief; Hattie Big Sky, about the American West expansion; and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, set during the American Revolution. These are some suggestions, but you may want to browse our Teen Fiction-Historical Fiction category, here.

Hope this helps!
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There are a lot of great books out there on Native Americans for teaching that sort of thing. Also, several textbooks offer excerpts from books related to a given subject. "Dragonwings" is a good representation of life for immigrants at the turn of the 20th century.
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I've read books covering the "Civil Rights" era, and other books that cover the era well are novels such as Invisible Man and To Kill A Mockingbird (highly mentioned, but true)
 
For a book about the French/Indian War,(a fictional account, that is) try Jason McGee (really good!)
It doesn't have much fighting, it's about a boy's experiences as he grows to manhood
 
A book covering end of the Civil War (from the Confederate perspective) is The Year of Jubilo
 
A book that covers WWI very well (it's very "bloody") is All Quiet on the Western Front
 
A book that's half WWII/sci-fi is Slaughterhouse-Five.
 
A book that's half Black Death/sci-fi is The Cure (has a character that's called Gemm, and he becomes Johannes)
 
This is obviously an incompleted list.