6-Minute Teacher Review Video on Discussing This Challenging Topic
by Tatiana Florival
“[My students] shared with me that this book makes them want to be a better person. That it teaches them how we should treat others and that we need to make our world a better place.” —Shannon Langston, 5th Grade Teacher
“I like to tell my students that history is messy, and we go back to those messy moments to learn so that now, in the present and in the future, those things don’t happen again.”
—Kerry-Ann Reeves, 4th Grade Teacher
One big takeaway from the Book of the Week, Elly: My True Story of the Holocaust, is the importance of using our voice and listening to others. So in that spirit, we invited a world-renowned literacy expert to moderate this week’s teacher book review video.
Pam Allyn, a literacy expert and the founder of LitWorld, hosts a virtual book talk with two amazing Scholastic Book Clubs teachers: Shannon Langston, who teaches fifth grade at Boyd E. Smith Elementary in Milford, Ohio, and Kerry-Ann Reeves, who teaches fourth grade at Daniel Webster Elementary in New Rochelle, New York.
In this special educators’ book review video, Pam, Shannon, and Kerry-Ann participate in a thoughtful conversation about how they use Elly: My True Story of the Holocaust to engage their students on so many levels, including:
• Compare and Contrast: Elly’s story helps to give students a new level of understanding when it comes to learning about history. Students can look for similarities between nonfiction academic texts about the Holocaust and Elly’s firsthand account as a survivor.
• Journal Keeping: Elly teaches students that their voices and stories matter. Encourage students to keep a journal with their thoughts and reactions as they read, then discuss and empower them to express themselves.
• Resilience: Students can explore what they think being resilient means by writing an opinion piece. In the face of awful events, what enables people to keep going? Watch Pam, Shannon, and Kerry-Ann’s Book Talk video for inspiration on introducing your students to this important text!
How do you use Elly: My True Story of the Holocaust with your students? We’d love to hear from you! If you’re able, please share on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
Pam Allyn is a leading literacy expert, author, activist, advocate for children, and motivational speaker. Her pioneering idea to partner with women-led grassroots organizations working on behalf of their community’s children was the foundation of LitWorld, a groundbreaking global literacy movement serving children across the United States and in more than 60 countries. Pam is the author of 26 books on reading, writing, and learning. To learn more about Pam and get tips on helping children become great readers, visit her website.