By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Lexile level 580
It’s December. Scuffed folders, dull crayons and worn erasers have replaced September’s shine, and students may be feeling overwhelmed with classroom expectations. It’s a great time of year to talk about perseverance and gratitude. The War that Saved My Life lends itself well to both topics. Even though the main character, Ada, suffers from an abusive mother and a physical disability, she perseveres and pursues the life she’s always wanted. Furthermore, the book is set during World War II. So, it provides an opportunity to reflect and give thanks that we are not enduring the hardships of war. Lastly, this is a great book for emotionally mature readers who hanker for complex themes yet struggle with higher level vocabulary and complex sentences. Savor this treat!
Weekly Wall Recommendations
For the 2018-2019 school year, students will be choosing books to display on our classroom recommendation wall. The wall is a lending library. It showcases the various literature choices in the classroom, celebrates students' voices and choices, facilitates getting to know each other through our literature choices, and facilitates communication with the global learning community.