I’m amazed by the Roanoke Colony Mystery. I must have been sleeping during history class, because I’ve learned of Roanoke in recent years. Jane Yolen writes eloquently. She collaborates with her daughter, Heidi, in creating a children’s book on the known history surrounding the Roanoke Colony. The five most popular theories are shared in the conclusion. The book is called Roanoke The Lost Colony: An Unsolved Mystery From History.
The authors begin the book iwth a young girl, who wants to be a detective. She collects the information in her notebook. The story of Roanoke is shared in a narrative nonfiction format. Factual clues are written on a notebook inlaid in the illustration. vocabulary words are sprinkled on the text’s off sides. History comes alive.
Savorings for reading and in writing for Roanoke the Lost Colony:
- Background knowledge – formation of our country; Native Americans and early colonists
- Notebooks – collecting information during reading
- Vocabulary – defined and in the context
- Synthesize – what happened? Draw your own conclusions.
(3rd grade book)