In Sixth-Grade Language Arts:
Students have actively engaged in the Global Read Aloud with Alan Gratz’s book Refugee. Students have connected with sixth graders in St. Charles, Illinois using Flipgrid to share ideas about possible themes related to the conflicts in Refugee. In addition, we have been receiving postcards from all over the United States and Canada as students share their thoughts about this enthralling book through a postcard exchange. Our postcards will be mailed at the start of November!
One mission in common: ESCAPE.
Josef is a Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world…
Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety and freedom in America…
Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe…
All three young people will go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers–from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But for each of them, there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, surprising connections will tie their stories together in the end."
As a tie-in to the historical fiction element of Refugee, all sixth graders have been collaborating in historical fiction book clubs as they discuss fictional characters, conflicts, and themes revolving around historical periods ranging from the Great Depression to World War II to transatlantic travel on the high seas in 1832. All students also wrote, “Postcards from the Past” exploring what it would be like to describe the setting of the time period from their main character’s point of view.
~Mrs. Heather Keaney, Sixth Grade Language Arts Teacher
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