“This Book Is a Must-Read!”
by Alexie Basil
Watch this teacher review of Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis for tips on teaching the award-winning novel in your classroom.
At just 11 years old, Elijah Freeman demonstrates courage that transcends age, time period, and genre—and serves as a big inspiration to young readers everywhere.
Keith Hinnant Jr. from Northern Parkway Elementary School in Uniondale, New York, loves using the Coretta Scott King Award–winning Elijah of Buxton to teach his fifth graders about the importance of resilience, loyalty to friends and family, and hard work.
In this video book review, Keith shares how he uses this engaging work of historical fiction to enhance his curriculum, and what he thinks makes this novel so special.
Just as it was tough for Elijah to understand the true impact and meaning of slavery, it can be challenging to help students build emotional connections to historical events. Do you find historical fiction to be a helpful teaching tool in your classroom? Let us know on social media using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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