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#1 Heather in Neverland

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 05:46 AM

I have a few novels picked out this year to do with ds (7th grade) and I'd like to get some sources to go along with them but I need things that make these complex topics more accessible to a kid his age (he is a strong reader though). Any ideas?

novels used are "Crispin" and "A Wrinkle in Time" and "Bronze Bow" and "A Tale of Two Cities...I am looking for sources on:

1. Einstein/Relativity
2. Communism
3. History of Israel during the Roman Empire
4. The French Revolution

Thanks!!!

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 06:13 AM

1. Albert Einstien & the Teory of Relativity by Robert Kwiklik
or...you could do what I do...
I look on google and print up a short article or a cool website and do a brief background reading.
Kingfisher or Usborne History encyclopedias are also good for historical perspectives in the brief.
HTH
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Posted 21 November 2010 - 10:28 AM

Here are a few off the top of my head:

The World in the Time of Albert Einstein, Fiona MacDonald

The World in the Time of Marie Antoinette, Fiona MacDonald

Albert Marrin's book on Stalin (or any of his biographies that detail those involved with communism, but this one is probably the best for a view of the development of that)

Neil Waldman's verion of the Masada story - it's the only one for young people and includes a lot of history. Or, Yadin's original - The Story of Masada - would be okay, too. He's the archaeologist who excavated it....

http://www.amazon.co...n/dp/0688144810

http://www.amazon.co...n/dp/0394816862

http://christian-book-store.christiansunite.com/103099/Stalin:-Russia's-Man-of-Steel.shtml

http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/0791060349

http://www.bookfinde...ein/0382397398/

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 11:56 AM

Perhaps Animal Farm by Orwell?

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 07:50 PM

I have a few novels picked out this year to do with ds (7th grade) and I'd like to get some sources to go along with them but I need things that make these complex topics more accessible to a kid his age (he is a strong reader though). Any ideas?

novels used are "Crispin" and "A Wrinkle in Time" and "Bronze Bow" and "A Tale of Two Cities...I am looking for sources on:

1. Einstein/Relativity
2. Communism
3. History of Israel during the Roman Empire
4. The French Revolution

Thanks!!!


The BBC education site had some good info about the French Revolution.

For Communism, I would suggest the book Red Scarf Girl, which is about the Cultural Revolution in China. There is also an excellent section in the movie The Red Violin that is set during the Cultural Revolution (though the entire movie isn't kid friendly). Albert Marrin's history of Stalin might be helpful, both for giving a look at Soviet communism and for understanding the distopian portions of A Wrinkle in Time.

I have some other French Revolution links on an old blog post here.

Edited by Sebastian (a lady), 21 November 2010 - 07:55 PM.


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Posted 21 November 2010 - 10:05 PM

awesome!!! Thanks!

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 10:08 PM

The BBC education site had some good info about the French Revolution.

For Communism, I would suggest the book Red Scarf Girl, which is about the Cultural Revolution in China. There is also an excellent section in the movie The Red Violin that is set during the Cultural Revolution (though the entire movie isn't kid friendly). Albert Marrin's history of Stalin might be helpful, both for giving a look at Soviet communism and for understanding the distopian portions of A Wrinkle in Time.

I have some other French Revolution links on an old blog post here.


The Red Scarf girl is very good, as is that scene from Red Violin.