March 25, 2012
Books – it seems that several of us Slicers are sharing books and I decided to join the group today. How can a book support our learning in many areas? I look for books that can be mentor text in many ways. This new release fits into the “genre” easily.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope
The Story of William is a true story of a young boy who fights his way through a hard life to get an education. His perseverance, curiosity, and ingenuity makes a moving tale for students and adults. They have just recently published the story in a beautiful picture book. There are two great TED talks (http://www.ted.com/speakers/william_kamkwamba.html) where you can hear first hand from William about his journey to learn.
This story or these books fit into the following teaching areas:
- memoir of his life
- science non fiction – learning about electricity and wind power
- self help – value of education – he learns to help him and discover how to learn even when school is not with in his daily reach
- how image can tell a story – collage images created by Elizabeth Zunon
- writing – a compare and contrast – chapter book to children’s picture book- how do we take the essence of a story and share with younger students
I could go on but you get the idea. It is one of the many things we do well as teachers – looking at books from different perspectives to find the teachable moments for that text.
Enjoy the exploration!