Tuesday, September 4, 2018

We the Kids by David Catrow


This weekend, I prepared for my first lesson to deliver to my U.S. History Teacher Methods class (HIST 4418). I am given the topic of Equality and I am to use the primary source, the U.S. Constitution. The lesson is only ten minutes, so at first I found it quite difficult to put something extravagant together. But then, I remembered all the picture books I read over the summer and how much I was able to pull from them in a short amount of time. I began some research and found, We the Kids by David Catrow. 

The words of the book are the preamble of the U.S. Constitution. The illustrations, make this document come alive. It is through these pictures, students will come to understand the meaning of the introduction and have a few giggles. To assess the understanding of the preamble, students will use their own words or pictures to describe the individual portions on a graphic organizer I created. You can find the graphic organizer here in Google Docs.


In addition, I have created a presentation to use with the book. In my 5th grade mock lesson, this is part of the background knowledge listed for the students. Each portion of the preamble has been translated into kid friendly language. This would be an incredible activity to complete with the class, have them discuss each phrases meaning and look up the words in the thesaurus to find words in which they can comprehend. You can find the presentation on Google Slides, here.


The idea is to read the book, show the illustrations created by David Catrow, and provide the kid friendly language up on the screen. These verbal and visual clues will assist students to comprehend the portion of the constitution we are studying and will be able to show understanding on the graphic organizer. Then, students will be prepared to learn who the people are in the phrase, "We the People" and how this word has evolved over time through the amendments made to the Constitution. Students will then be able to begin to process the concept of equality in both our history and what it means today.  

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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