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!
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