Mentor Text- Communities

Today I am linking up with Amanda & Stacia at Collaboration Cuties for their Must Read Mentor Text Linky! Today's focus is on social studies, so I'm sharing a fantastic book that I found while teaching our unit on communities.

This is an inspiring story of how one person made a real difference in the world! Here is a summary from 

Greg Mortenson stumbled, lost and delirious, into a remote Himalayan village after a failed climb up K2. The villagers saved his life, and he vowed to return and build them a school. The remarkable story of his promise kept is now perfect for reading aloud. Told in the voice of Korphe’s children, this story illuminates the humanity and culture of a relevant and distant part of the world in gorgeous collage, while sharing a riveting example of how one person can change thousands of lives.

The artwork is beautiful- it's a series of two-page spreads with the text included on one page. Here's a look at one page without the text...

We discussed the concepts of function (How did this community work? It worked well because of teamwork and a shared goal) and responsibility (Who was responsible for building the school? Everyone because the school was for everyone) and how what this village did exemplified what a real "community" is all about.

My students were captivated by this book! They especially loved seeing the "scrapbook" of real photos in the back. I think they also connected with the fact that it was a school that was being built. Even though the kids in the story lived in a remote village in Pakistan and their lifestyle was so very different than ours, my students connected with them and empathized with their desire to have a real school. I love books that have universal appeal, ones that speak to our hearts! They make great read alouds for modeling thinking strategies, and this one is certainly no exception.

If you haven't read this book, definitely check it out! Be sure to read the other suggestions at the Must-Read Mentor Linky!

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  1. What a great book! We are working on Stephen Covey's leadership habits at our school. I think this book would work especially well with the habit "Begin with the end in mind."

    Thank you for sharing. This book is now in my Amazon cart.

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  2. This looks like such a beautiful story. I have never come across it before, so I am so glad you linked it up today. Thanks so much for sharing how you use it with your children.

    All the best--

  3. Ooooo, the illustrations look very intriguing! This sounds like a great book for explaining communities! It sounds like it has a great theme!

    Thanks for linking up!!
    Collaboration Cuties


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