Thursday, April 27, 2017

Books for Teaching Empathy for Middle Years

My colleague and friend, Amanda Rheault, shared a list of books to teach empathy she makes available to her grade six students at Carman Elementary School.

The list is from TeachThought and you can find the list here with lovely covers to make them easy to identify and a brief description of the book. I know you will have read many of them! But I am excited because there are many that I have not read. I am going to get started on some of them beginning with The Boy on the Wooden Box,  a memoir by Leon Leyson, because Amanda recommended it.

Book The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List by Leon Leyson
This, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s list child, perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including that of the demonic Amon Goeth, commandant of Plaszow, the concentration camp outside Krakow.

The list would be a great link to share with your students. I can see a Math lesson as the students survey the class to determine what they have read and then preparing spreadsheets and charts to showcase the results.  I would be curious to know which of the books has been read by the most students.

Amanda used the empathy theme for a book of the month study. Students completed their weekly check-in questions (character development, conflict, predictions,etc). Then they took the place of the main character in the book. They explained what they would have done/felt/said in the place of the main character. They then re-wrote the back cover and recreated the book cover to fit themselves into the picture and write up. 

Thank you Amanda for sharing your learning with us.

Literacy in the 21st Century Book Draws

Participants are always happy to choose a book from our table to take home from the workshop. Check out the books available this year.

Book Optimists Die First by Susin NielsenBook The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Title Author
Because of Mr. Terupt Rob Buyea MG
Viola Desmond Jody Nyasha Warner PB
A Child of Books Oliver Jeffers PB
Darkest Dark Chris  PB
I Am Not a Number Jenny Kay Dupuis PB
Blackthorn Key Kevin Sands MG
Be Light Like a Bird Monika Schroder MG, YA
Short Holly Goldberg Sloan MG, YA
Last Shot David Skuy MG, YA
Holding Up the Universe Jennifer Niven YA
Optimists Die 1st Susin Nielsen YA
When I Was the Greatest Jason Reynolds YA
Carve the Mark Veronica Roth YA
Girl in Pieces Kathleen Glasgow YAYA
Maybe a Fox Kathi Appelt & Allison McGhee MG
Elijah of Buxton Cristopher Paul Curtis MG
Moose Goose Animals on the  Geraldo Valerio PB
Minrs Kevin Sylvester MG
The Night Gardener Jonathan Auxier MG, YA
Dog Man Unleashed Dav Pilkey MG
We were Liars e. lockhart YA
Dumplin Julie Murphy YA
Inquisitors Tale Adam Gidwitz MG
PAX Sarah Pennypacker MG
Word of Mouse James Paterson MG
Towers Falling Jewel Parker Rhodes MG, YA
When We Were Alone David A. Robertson PB
Little Boy from Jamaica Pearlene and Devon Clunis  PB
Missing Melanie Florence YA
Dog Man Unleashed Dav Pilkey MG
Holding Up the Universe Jennifer Niven YA
Missing Nimama Melanie Florence PB
Since You've Been Gone Morgan Matson YA
Happy Dreamer Peter Reynolds PB
Du Iz Tak Carson Ellis PB
Funny Bones Duncan Tonatiuh PB
Pancho Rabbit Duncan Tonatiuh PB
Flying Lessons & Other Stories Ellen Oh MG, YA
Weekends with Max and Dad Linda Urban EY, MG
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary Laura Shovan MG 
The Hate You Give Angie Thomas YA
The Serpent King Jeff Zentner YA
The Girl Who Drank the Moon Kelly Barnhill MG

Book When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson   Book Viola Desmond Wont Be Budged by Jody Nyasha Warner

Literacy in the 21st Century