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Third Graders Decide if a Box Can Make a Difference

Third grade has started their study on biographies in both reading and writing. Students have selected a person from history to research and write about. They will be reading about these people during reading and writing and learning to take notes, decide what information is important, and culminate the study by presenting their writing to their parents and dressing as their person.

Mrs. Gillard’s class read the story style biography “Henry’s Freedom Box” by Ellen Levine and wondered if a box could make a difference . As students listened to the book, they put themselves in the place of Henry, a young slave boy and thought about what it would have been like to live through the things that Henry lived through. This was one way the students were able to determine if Henry “Box” Brown made a substantial contribution to changing history and what this contribution was. Upon completion of the book, students wrote about how the events made them feel as they were listening and then how they think Henry may have felt about certain events in his life. While reading the responses, the students were able to see what they felt was important information to include in a report on Henry “Box” Brown. This is a skill they will use as they study their person to determine some of the important information to include. Most of these third graders do think that a box can make a difference. Wonder what you will think? Stay tuned, you might find out soon.

Written by: Pam Gillard
Posted: Feb 17, 2014 by Jeffery Aten

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