A Great Resource for Discussing Cultural Identity, Community, and Friendship
by Tatiana Florival
“When it comes to characterization, you’re not going to find any book that has characters that are more fun than in this book.” —Joe Saenz
In this three-minute video, Joe Saenz—a fifth grade teacher from R. J. Steinhauer Elementary in Maple Shade, New Jersey—shares why he loves using The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by award-winning author Pablo Cartaya to teach his class about:
• Empathy via text-to-self connections
• Characterization through the use of a class Venn diagram
• Context clues, especially when a character is bilingual or speaks a different language
Plus Joe gives tips on how to effectively teach this book as a virtual read-aloud and shares what he hopes his students learn from reading it. Watch his Scholastic Book Clubs–exclusive teacher review video to discover how you and your class can delve into themes of cultural identity, community, and friendship.
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