He suffered from congenital hydrocephalus and underwent surgery when he was six months old. Though the procedure did not affect his ability to learn, he suffered harsh side effects, including seizures, in his childhood. As a boy, he was much influenced by his maternal grandmother, a spiritual leader of the Spokane, who died when he was eight. Because of his health, he was unable to compete physically, so he became instead an avid reader. He went off the reservation to attend an all-white high school , where he was an honour student and class president.
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How To Get Kids Hooked On Books? 'Use Poetry. It Is A Surefire Way'
Kwame Alexander writes books that bend genres — novels about middle school boys, written not in prose but verse. And he does it well: His book The Crossover won the Newbery Medal last year for children's literature. His new book is no different. Composed of a series of poems, Booked tells the story of a year-old named Nick, a boy who loves soccer and hates books.
Teachers can find trade books for use with adolescent learners in a variety of content areas with a little bit of exploration on key web sites. As teachers of a Content Area Reading and Writing graduate course, we always look forward to teaching the topic of Learning with Trade Books. We like this lesson because we share ideas for how pre- and in-service teachers can integrate literature into the teaching of their various content areas. We especially enjoy bringing in trade books that span the multiple content areas represented in the course to give students an opportunity to explore the kinds of books available. The responses we get from students are typically twofold.