“What Would You Do?”
by Traci Swain
Watch sixth grade teacher Scott Hebenstreit’s review of Refugee by Alan Gratz to discover how you can use this page-turning historical-fiction novel in your classroom to help students understand people and events throughout history.
It can be difficult for students to imagine themselves in other kids’ shoes—especially when they’ve lived such different experiences from our own.
That’s exactly why Scott Hebenstreit from Auten Road Intermediate School in Hillsborough, New Jersey, loves using Refugee to ask his students to imagine: “What would you do in this situation?”
Even though Alan Gratz’s novel tackles very serious subjects—like war, tragedy, and of course, refugee crises—Scott finds that the book’s high-speed action, perspective shifts, and connections across timelines keep his students on the edge of their seat. Watch his review to see if it’s right for your classroom!
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