Disasters in History - Set of 8

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Disasters in History - Set of 8

Significant in the making of history are the epic disasters that forever changed societies and industries. Each disaster left an indelible mark on history and most sparked necessary change. Graphic Novels Disasters in History make these gripping stories of important historical disasters accessible to even the most reluctant of readers. Each paperback book is thirty-two pages and is at about a third-grade reading level.

Includes the following titles:
  • The Apollo 13 Mission
  • The Attack on Pearl Harbor
  • The Challenger Explosion
  • The Donner Party
  • The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
  • The Hindenburg Disaster
  • Shackleton and the Lost Antarctic Expedition
  • The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

    About Graphic Novels:

    Experienced parents know that the amount of reading their child does will have a direct and positive impact on his reading fluency and vocabulary development. That is why graphic novels - which we used to refer to as comic books - though once relegated to the category of lowbrow reading, are now experiencing a surge in popularity.

    You may think that the comic book medium is primarily for mainstream American children who are peppered by snack-size visual and audio bombardment. If you desire that your children slow down and feast on the written word, then you may cringe at the idea of a graphic novel version of Moby Dick. But before you issue a home-wide ban on these books, consider the following.

    If you have a reluctant or beginning reader, your first concern should be for fluidity and competency. You will find that the graphic novel's illustrations draw your child in even as the vocabulary becomes more complex. Then, because the graphics are so attention-grabbing, children often find themselves reading for pleasure.

    If your reluctant reader is an older child, your main concern may be making sure that he is culturally savvy. With graphic novels, vocabulary is introduced via contextual clues, making great literature accessible to more children. The interesting pictures and snappy dialogue, with little-to-no narration to bog the reader down, will encourage independent reading and learning. As the child's competence and confidence grow, so will his joy of literacy.

    Even if your older child is a competent reader, he will enjoy taking a break from the verbally intense books characteristic of higher-level learning to enjoy a more visual form of storytelling. A 2006 study found that the amount of reading children did for fun decreased from the time they were eight through the teen years. Graphic books can re-engage them in the delights of reading for leisure as well as for learning.

    There are children who may never read for pleasure; God just might have wired them differently. But most children, from the reluctant, faltering reader to the brilliant but easily bored adolescent, will find graphic novels intriguing.
  • Features
    Publisher: Capstone Press
    Page Count: 32 each
    Binding: Paperback
    Consumable: No
    Printed in: USA
    Copyright: 2007
    Faith-Based: No

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 4 reviews
    My Kids Beg to Read These...

    We ordered the Disaster's in History 8 book set along with a few other graphic novel sets for our 7 and 9 year old. The moment the timberdoodle order came in my kids started asking to look through the materials for NEXT year. This set I was planning on setting aside for use as reading practice for my son (9) since he sometimes struggles with reading, but I'm happy to say he was so excited about the books, that we "broke" into our sets early! Anything that evokes this much animated interest in my kids is appreciated! They love it!

    Disasters in History

    I'm sorry that I needed to return the set of books. They were not what we had expected for a 14 yr old. I was hoping for more of a paperback book than a comic book. They were great for a younger reader, just didn't work for us. I'm hoping to see a credit to my acct soon as I returned them about a week ago. Thank you for all of your great products. We just bought a Rosetta Stone course a few days ago. Sincerely, MaryBeth Witulski Ps. The 2 star rating is only because we had expected a more in depth/longer book. They were fabulous otherwise for a younger reader.

    Disaters collection of 8

    Even my reluctant reader reads them.

    Another way to enjoy history!

    As our 9-year-old son was reading an old Indiana history textbook he read about how Chicago used Indiana limestone to rebuild after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871; he then had an interest in fires, earthquakes and other disasters, so we purchased the set of 8 Disasters in History Graphic Novels from Timberdoodle.

    The graphic novels make a great starting point for a unit study. If your child especially enjoyed the Apollo 13 and Challenger Explosion books, you could do a study on NASA, astronauts, etc.

    Our whole family has enjoyed this set. My husband and I learned some information we hadn't known, while the kids could easily read about a true-life action adventure without a focus on fear and gore. This set was definitely worth the investment for our homeschool.

    Thanks to homeschooling my kids, I LOVE history! These graphic novels have added a new way to learn about, and enjoy, history!

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