Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Discovery of the Americas: From Prehistory Through the Age of Columbus by Betsy Maestro


In the inside cover of the book, Betsy Maestro writes, 
"In fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus crossed the ocean blue... But he wasn't the first to do it!"
The Discovery of the Americas: From Prehistory Through the Age of Columbus is a picture book for history students of all ages, providing an alternate perspective to those others taught about the 'founder" of the Americas. 

Maestro shares the arrivals of people to today's North and South America from twenty thousand years ago to the present. There is no clear date at when the first people who came upon this land; however, Bjarni Herjolfsson voyage is the first proven one to see it. Him alongside the Vikings of Norway first sighted North America in the tenth century; whereas, Leif Ericson landed there in the year 1000. 

The book continues with other stories of people arriving to this area: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, and many more. The book concludes with Additional Information: Table of Dates, Some People of the Ancient and Early Americas, The Age of Discovery, How the Americas Got Their Name, and Other Interesting Voyages. A factual based story, told in words for young and old to understand in addition to the reference section in the back makes this book a must have in an elementary classroom. 

This book supports 4th Grade ELA Literacy Common Core State Standards (Reading Standards for Informational Texts). 
  • RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • RI.4.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
  • RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
  • RI.4.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area
  • RI.4.5 Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text
  • RI.4.6 Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.
  • RI.4.7 Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
  • RI.4.8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
  • RI.4.9 Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • RI.4.10 By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
This book was read in part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge, you can learn more about this here. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time .....


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