Tuesday, September 11, 2012
New Landscapes for Literacy
HAUNTED HISTORIES: CREEPY CASTLES, DARK DUNGEONS, AND POWERFUL PALACES by J B Everett and Marilyn Scott-Waters. Holt, 2012.
The call for more nonfiction in the ELA and reading classrooms has many people scurrying for suitable books to share with readers and to use to meet curricular needs, especially those demanded by CCSS. Like this situation or not, the good news is that there is great NF out there that is changing the landscape of literature and literacy. HAUNTED HISTORIES is one of those books. In this interesting combination of fact and fantasy, readers will encounter a poltergeist tour guide who will take them to castles and other historic structures and provide them with plenty of facts about their construction and use (as well as some info about the ghosts who are said to haunt them still). History and science and architecture combine to create a fascinating book, one kids could browse, use as a model for some research reporting, or just sit and enjoy. <486>