Monday, March 20, 2017

Blood on the River

I teach ELA to my homeroom and social studies to all three sections of fifth grade. One of my favorite things to do during social studies is read to my students. I always read some type of historical fiction novel that pertains to what I am teaching them at the time. Last week we started learning about the 13 colonies, and I started reading my absolute favorite historical fiction book of all time Blood on the River. If you aren't familiar with the book, it is about the founding of Jamestown. Elisa Carbone is so incredibly accurate that you would think it was non-fiction.

Today I read chapter six. It is getting so good, that at this point, the kids are hooked. And as I finished reading "When I see what it is, my mouth goes dry: a wooden frame, a rope hanging from the highest beam, a noose tied in the rope. Master Wingfield has not forgotten his promise to hang Captain Smith" (46), I heard one student tell another, "I love this book."


This is why I teach.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tip! I just ordered it for my Nook. I love historical fiction, but have never read tis book. Your ending was a beautiful witness to the art of teaching.