Talking Walls: The Stories Continue

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Filled with activities that can be tailored to suit individual teaching methods or learning styles, this imaginative cross-curriculum teacher s guide uses Talking Walls: The Stories Continue as the focal point for units on geography, social studies, math, history, art and architecture, letter-writing, research projects, excursions, and creative writing. All activities are classroom -- and teacher -- tested.

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Overview

Filled with activities that can be tailored to suit individual teaching methods or learning styles, this imaginative cross-curriculum teacher s guide uses Talking Walls: The Stories Continue as the focal point for units on geography, social studies, math, history, art and architecture, letter-writing, research projects, excursions, and creative writing. All activities are classroom -- and teacher -- tested.

Introduces different cultures from around the world by telling the stories of walls from the Maya murals in Bonampak, Mexico, to dikes in the Netherlands.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-7Knight takes readers on an inspired journey in this sequel to TalkingWalls (Tilbury, 1992). She uses the simple idea of walls and boundaries to tell stories from diverse cultures and parts of the world. Where and why these walls were built and something about the builders is presented in each double-page spread. The selections are far flung and varied, but are tied to the idea of purpose and the story each wall represents. Starting with a quote from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, in which an actor pretends to be a wall, readers are taken on a journey that includes the dikes in the Netherlands; prayer-wheel walls in Tibet and India; Hadrian's Wall in England; Chinese poems on the walls at Angel Island, CA; Belfast Peace Lines; and the Anti-Graffiti Network in Philadelphia. Warm watercolors create just the right mood for the text. Some of the stories are sad, some are inspiring, and some mysterious, but each one says something unique about the people who constructed these structures. Notes about each wall featured appear at the end. This book could be used to introduce classification, how things may be alike and also different, and as a springboard to exploring cultural diversity. Links to social studies abound. A great read-aloud and a unique source for hard-to-locate material.Jane Claes, T. J. Lee Elementary School, Irving, TX
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-This recording of the two title books by Margy Burns Knight (Tilbury House) presents each story as a short vignette with musical accompaniment separating them. The many problems of this recording begin with the musical accompaniment. The sound quality is very uneven, ranging from a clanging gong that will jar listeners to an indistinguishable humming that causes the speakers to buzz. One of the Native American chants borrowed from another recording is well done, accenting the story authentically, but the calypso-style music, which begins the Mexican story, is not compatible with the location. The stories constitute a multicultural collection ranging from the famous--the Great Wall of China and the Wailing Wall--to the lesser-known walls of Zimbabwe and Chilean Pablo Neruda's home. These stories, while interesting and informative, are occasionally more political commentary than juvenile entertainment. The comparison between Angel Island, California and Ellis Island skews facts, giving the impression that European immigrants coming through New York easily entered the U.S. as opposed to the Chinese immigrants processed through California. Perhaps the biggest deficit of the recording is the reading itself. The slow, deliberate pace is flat and tedious, lacking in expression. Unnatural phrasing makes the stories hard to follow at times. The accent of the author/reader interferes with the pronunciation of several ethnic words and names (i.e. Ravana, Orozco, apartheid), negating the multicultural value of the tales.-Diana Baker Freeman, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780884481652
  • Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,431,325
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.57 (w) x 11.55 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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