It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Jen Vincent @ Teach Mentor Texts
Early in their brilliant new book, Disrupting Thinking, Kylene Beers and Bob Probst write:
“We would argue that in today’s world, learning to extract information is not enough. It’s not enough to hold a reader’s interest and it’s not enough to solve our complex problems. We need students who can do more than answer questions; today’s complex world requires that our next generation of leaders be able to raise questions. They need to be able to hold multiple ideas in their minds. They need to be able to see a situation from multiple perspectives. They need to be flexible thinkers who recognize that there will rarely be one correct answer, but instead there will be multiple answers that must be weighed and evaluated.” (pg.21)
Getting kids to think with this mindset requires being able to offer a wide variety of texts about topics with different points of view, which can be a time consuming task albeit a worthy one. So it was with delight that I came upon this series: A Perspectives Flip Book. Each book in the series centers on one topic, examined from two opposing points of view. Here is the one on School Lunches, for instance. Side one examines the issue from the point of view of why changes should be made,and side two looks at whether these new dietary regulations are either necessary or even good for school aged children.
The bias and objective of the argument is thoughtfully considered from both perspectives, with informative side bars, statistics, and graphics. The series covers a wide range of topics, from animal testing to the Civil War, and is written in an informative yet engaging way.
This is a wonderful series for book clubs and for informational and argument writing, as well. I know this series will definitely be on my purchase order for next year.