Using This Historical-Fiction Novel as a Mentor Text
by Alana Pedalino, featuring Scholastic Book Clubs Teacher Kerry-Ann Reeves
Watch this exclusive book review with Scholastic Book Clubs teacher Kerry-Ann Reeves for great tips on a variety of ways you can use The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson in your classroom. Also see how this book kick-starts classroom discussions about character development, kindness, and the impact of friendship.
Kerry-Ann Reeves, a fourth grade teacher at Daniel Webster Elementary School in New Rochelle, New York, finds that The Hero Two Doors Down serves as an excellent mentor text read-aloud in her classroom.
In addition to helping her students learn about character development, patterns, dialogue, inferencing, and more, Kerry-Ann thinks this thoughtful work of historical fiction is a great starting point for opening up conversations about the power of friendship.
Watch her teacher book review to see how you can use The Hero Two Doors Down to:
• Help students think critically about how friendship crosses boundaries of race, age, culture, background, etc.
• Allow students to learn more about Jackie Robinson and the obstacles he faced (on and off the baseball field)
• Spark classroom discussions about understanding and relating to characters
Want to use The Hero Two Doors Down as a mentor text read-aloud in your classroom? Check out this week’s Cooked Up from a Book post, where part of Kerry-Ann’s lesson plan is featured!
This Book Is Available from Scholastic Book Clubs