Monday, October 15, 2018

Freedom of Religion by Stephanie Hoover


Last week was midterms at Idaho State University, I missed reading and sharing my picture books as I was drowning in essays and exams. Today, I am still writing an essay; however, have a moment to catch my breath and share with you a book I picked up at the library to assist me with my religion lesson for my Teaching History Methods class.

Our Basic Freedoms: Freedom of Religion is a non-fiction informative picture book written by Stephanie Hoover. This is a difficult topic to cover and I believe the author does an effective job at relaying the facts without bias. In addition, it is written with simple and clear descriptions for all readers to understand. I also liked that the book began with a table of contents to help readers with the organization and layout of the book; Origin of the Bill of Rights, Struggles with Religious Freedom, Religion and Government, Religion and the Workplace, Religion and Schools, and Religion and Daily Life. The book concludes with a glossary and further information section for additional learning opportunities. 

My focus for the lesson is on the First Amendment, so the first chapter provided me with most of the information I needed; however as I read the entire book I found this to be a great  resource book to have in the classroom library. I will also be bringing it with me as I teach my mini-lesson to help me with any specific questions those may have about the legalities of religion and the first amendment. In addition to this book, I have found a handout on the website Teaching Tolerance entitled The Seven Principles for Inclusive Education, a guideline for approaching this topic in the classroom.

I read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book every weekday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...

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