Columbia Space Shuttle Explosion and Space Exploration

 
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Summary

This book relays the factual details of the Columbia space shuttle explosion through three different perspectives. The narrative provides multiple accounts of the event, and readers learn details through the point of view of a WRDY news reporter, potential future astronaut, and a family. The text offers opportunities to compare and contrast various perspectives while gathering and analyzing information about a modern event. Content focuses on point-of-view and encourages readers to understand how background and experience can lead to differing views.

Specifications

Leveling

  • Lexile® Measure: 900
  • Guided Reading Level: V

BISAC Subjects

Table of Contents

  • Rosario Torres, WRDY News Reporter
  • Tanya Morrison, Potential Future Astronaut
  • Rufus Connor, Illinois Student
  • Look, Look Again
  • Glossary
  • Learn More
  • Index
  • About the Author

Reviews

School Library Journal - Modern Perspective Series

Gr 6-8–Eight historical topics are presented through fictitious accounts in this “alternative viewpoints”–type narrative aimed at stimulating critical thinking skills. From the very first page, readers are reminded that the same event can look very different based on personal opinions and are then given three contrasting perspectives of each. Although online and print sources are listed for further reference, the facts of each event are never clearly spelled out and must be inferred from the narratives. Concrete resolutions are also not offered, as problems arising in the aftermath are summed up. Appropriate photos with informative captions accompany the text, as do discussion questions. Despite some incidents seeming slightly dated, this has many useful educational applications in critical thinking and debating skills, making it a good precursor to such assignments prevalent in many high school curricula. It is also a strong tool for teaching empathy, tolerance, and respect. ­VERDICT An intriguing take on current events that encourages active reader engagement. Consider to stimulate conversations with students.

Contributors

Author: Tamra B. Orr

Tamra Orr is a full-time writer and author living in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest. She loves her job because she learns more about the world every single day and then turns that information into pop quizzes for her patient and tolerant children (ages 16, 13, and 10). She has written more than 80 nonfiction books for people of all ages, so she never runs out of material and is sure she’d be a champion on Jeopardy!

 

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