1. What did you like about the book?
I really liked this book because it gave historically accurate examples of things that happened at the same time and in relation to the New Madrid earthquake. It explained the role that earthquakes played in each story and how this natural disaster affected the way American history played out. Also, I liked the fact that this book crosses curriculums with History. In a time where classrooms are moving towards cross-curriculum teaching it's important to incorporate lessons from other classes in your teaching.
2. What did you dislike about the book?
The only thing I dislike or wish I could change about the book is the amount excitement in the book. Don't get me wrong, the book is very exciting at the beginning and end, but there is a section in the middle where the excitement lulls. I'm afraid that my middle school students that don't like to read might get bore with the book in the middle and stop reading it.
3. What 3 connections did you make to the book? (personal – I had a dog like the one in the book. I experienced this once. It reminds me of the television show/episode… I have relative just like the main character’s uncle.)
The first connection I made to this book is that we studied about Tecumseh earlier this semester in Arkansas History. Throughout the book, one of the stories that the it keeps referring back to is about the Native American, Tecumseh.
The second connection I made to this book was that a kid I went to High School with did a presentation about the New Madrid earthquakes in the 10th grade. He created a PowerPoint slideshow and taught a lesson about the historical event to our American History class. I remembered this experience when I read about the firsthand accounts and descriptions of the quakes.
The third connection I made with this book was with its main theme, plate tectonics. Ever since I first learned about plate tectonics, I have found them to be absolutely fascinating. It's amazing how so much of the Earth's surface is dependent on the Earth's plates. Earthquakes, volcanoes, mudslides, and so much more can be caused by the movement of tectonic plates.
4. How will you integrate this book into your classroom curriculum?
In my middle level Science classroom I would create Literature Circles. In class, students would be grouped together in groups of four. Each group would be assigned the same reading section from the book and would be required to complete a special role, similar to the way we complete Lit. Circles in our class. We may not read the entire book, because of time restrictions so I would hand pick the sections that the students could receive the most beneficial information from and exclude the sections that would take up too much class time. I believe that this book could give the students documented real world experiences that illustrate the way Science affects our society and History through plate tectonics and other mediums.
1) What I liked about this book was that it did a great job combining history with earth science.
2) What I didn't like about the book is hard to say. I really enjoyed this book. I suppose if someone has zero interest for science of history it might be a little slow. However, I though it had an interesting story line.
3) The first connection I made was with the location at which these events occurred. This book had many settings. Most of them were along the Mississippi river. I have visited a lot of theses places such as New Orleans.The second connection I made was with my the Sioux indians. In this story they are starting an up rise against the white man. I have heard of this story in history classes over the years. The last connection I made was with how the author described the earthquake. He describe how the continents were formed from tectonic plate and how these plates can form different kinds of fault lines. He went into more detail but the point is that I have heard this stuff in earth science class!
4) This book would go great with a science class. Its very interesting and very accurate. It correctly describes tectonic plates and fault lines. It has some action in it to keep your attention. Hopefully the students would make the connection I did and be able to relate parts of this book to things they have learned in class....Continua