If it is Sunday, then it is Collaboration Cuties Must Read Mentor Texts linky or the weekly meeting of Bookaholics Non-Anonymous. This week, the focus is on Social Studies mentor texts. My fav!
I am super excited about getting to teach 2nd grade Math & Science next year, but I am super sad about not getting to teach 4th grade Social Studies. One of my favorite read alouds
Summary: A Paradise Called Texas is the story of young Mina, who immigrated with her parents from Germany in 1845 - the year the Republic of Texas became a state of the United States.
The book is based on the author's ancestry. The first few chapters tell the family's life in Germany before their voyage to Texas begins.
At first, Mina's experiences upon her arrival in Texas seemed far from the paradise that she had expected. However, after enduring tragedy, hardship and adventure, Mina and her father settled happily in the emerging village of Fredericksburg.
The entire text of the book is available online here. Even if you don't live in Texas, this is a great story of the hardships immigrants face settling in a new world.