Choosing and Using Books for children, Fall 2016

learning together about children's literature


Saved by the Boats by Julie Gassman

Saved by the Boats: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11 Written by Julie Gassman Illustrated by Steve Moors

Bibliographic Information:  Gassman, J., & Moors, S. (2017). Saved by the boats: The heroic sea evacuation of September 11. North Mankato, MN: Capstone Press, a Capstone Imprint.

Annotation: This book told the story of September 11th and import details relating to the attack.  On September 11th, 2001 two planes hit the world trade center, resulting in the building collapsing.  Many workers and residents of Manhattan needed to evacuate, but due to safety measure, the only way to leave the island is through boats.  This book gives key and import details about September 11th.

Genre:  Historical Non-Fiction

Grade Level:  2nd Grade – 4th Grade

Interested Readers:  This book could interest students who are interested in the historical events of the United States, and the event of September 11th.  This book could also interest students who are interest in crisis times, and with team work making it through them.

Personal Response and Rating:  I thought this book was a realistic book and had very detailed and life-like images to describe the event.  I thought this book had a good balance between what students should know and what is important.  I would give this book a 5/5 star rating.

Text-Dependent Question:  On September 11th, 2001, what city did the planes crash the building?  After the accident, what was the only way people could leave the island?

Reading Strategy:

a.)     Grand Conversations Strategy from Gail Tompkins (Strategy #16)

b.)     Grand Conversation Strategy is a strategy is when student discuss and explore the big idea regarding the book and reflect on their feelings.  This strategy is student-centered, which means students will guide the discussion.  Students can discuss opinions with text support, personal connections, things that still puzzle them and connections between stories.  This strategy works on oral language and comprehension.  This strategy is best for any grades.

c.)     With regards to this book, I would use the Grand Conversation Strategy as a large group, to help process what the book was about, and to have a discussion about the event.  After reading the book, I would first ask the students to individually reflect on the book, connections they have, questions, and anything they would want to discuss.  Then as the group, I would help guide the topic, but just listen to what the students have to say, and help answer anything they are still wondering.  I think this strategy would work for this book, because it can also be used to discuss the topic and history.  This strategy would also help improve students oral language skills and comprehension.


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