The intended grade level for this Text Set is around second - third grade with books for less developed students in the reading area. The main topic of these books have to do with historical African-American's who have done a lot for civil rights and equality, but there are a few titles that just have regular people who do activities we all do and they are just a title with African-American's as their main characters. These books show characters having a lot of different moods throughout their story and since most 6-8 year olds have a hard time dealing with emotions these books pose ideas of how to deal with them. Yardsticks states that at age seven student's are always looking in-ward and sometimes moody (Pg. 90). It helps with their cognitive development because a lot of these books are great to read aloud to the class and that helps with their cognitive development at this age. Yardsticks states that students at this age like to be read to (Pg. 91).
i am martin luther king, jr.
Written by Brad Meltzer illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. Published by Dial Books for Young Readers. ISBN 978-0-525-42852-7. There are 40 pages in this book.
This book starts out as an autobiography of Martin Luther King (MLK) from when he was young. It is written for young children to understand the struggles and mistreatment African-Americans had in our society. He gives multiple examples for little kids to understand one of them is about how you want ice cream in the summer time because it's hot right? Well African-Americans used to get melted ice cream in paper cups and were served in the back of establishments. It also tells children to not show hate when someone has treated you wrong, you show them love. When someone shows you violence, show them kindness. It walks them through every big event MLK was apart of and constantly is telling them that kids their age protested and wanted to stand up for the just thing to do. It does not mention his assassination in the story, but on the back page where there is a timeline it states, “Killed in Memphis, Tennessee.”
5 reading first component
This book would reach is comprehension component because it is simplifying the big historical and meaningful things MLK did at a first – third grade reading level. They are learning how African-Americans felt during MLK time and talked about specific injustices that happened and modifying it to their reading level.
Standard and objective
♣ KCCRS: RL.2.3 – Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
♣ The one area in English Language Arts that I think this book can address is critical thinking, because we can start to think of what we can do to make our community better.
♣ Objective: The students will be able to investigate the text using critical thinking (Blooms Level Create).
♣ The book supports this objective and standard by telling us all of the struggles MLK went through and how he overcame them. How he didn’t fight hate with hate, that he fought it with love. So we can critical think of ways we can do things better in our lives and make our community better.
Here is a link for more of Brad Meltzer’s books. http://bradmeltzer.com/TV-Kids-and-More/Kids-Books