Bibliographic Information: Thompson, Gare. Who Was Helen Keller. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 2003. Print.
Brief Annotation: This chapter book is a great non-fiction book that focuses on helping children read at their own level while learning a great amount about one of the most remarkable woman in history. This books size font, and its word choice is perfect for beginner chapter book readers.
Grade Level: 2-4
Readers who will like this: Readers who like books that discuss people and history within the U.S. Students will also enjoy this book if they are beginning to read independently and are at a higher level of reading than picture books or short stories.
Rating/ Response: 5 – This book is great. It provides so many valuable facts about Helen Keller and represents reading in a new light. It is not a magical, fictional book, but a true story of a woman that can inspire children at any age.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you think it would be like to not have the ability to talk, see, or hear? Imagine a young girl attaining an education and learning to read even after being more mute and deaf!
Reading Strategy: Free Choice (Chapter)
Rationale for Strategy: Students can either read this book independently, or listen to a read aloud from their teacher. Either way this small chapter book is a great beginning to an endless hobby of reading for students.
Posted by: Alexa Wachter