Monday, February 25, 2013

March book presentation for 5th grade: published before 1900

The theme for March is books published before or shortly after 1900 (up to about 1910). There are several ways to find these classic books!

1) We have a selection of about 15 titles in the school library for students to borrow. (To see the full list, click on "Open Window School," choose "Copy Categories" in the upper right-hand corner, and choose Pre/Circa-1900 to view the choices. Or just stop by the school library to browse!)

2) The database ProQuest Learning: Literature offers full-text access to tens of thousands of literary works including many full-length novels which may be read on your e-reader or home computer (login information is available on my Sharepoint page in the Database & Research & Homework Information folder).

3) Goodreads has a list of books shelved by readers on the pre-1900 shelf. Bear in mind that classics are best appreciated when the reader is familiar with the historical and cultural contexts, so a bit of parental help with that is great. You can use World Book Online or History Study Center (two databases we subscribe to) to learn about the setting for your book.

4) You may borrow a Nook from the school library. Each one comes loaded with several pre-1900 classics. See the Nook information folder on my Sharepoint page for more information (students must submit a signed Nook permission form).

Of course, you can always ask a friend or relative for a recommendation! One of my personal favorites from this time period is The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald.

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