Sunday, November 6, 2011

Nonfiction Monday: Earthquake in Haiti

Earthquake in Haiti
written by Miriam Aronin
2011 (Bearport Publishing)
Source: Mebane Public Library

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The 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 was devastating in many ways. Earthquake in Haiti documents this destruction with heartbreaking stories and photographs. Personal accounts are presented through the eyes of 24 year old Wismond Exatus Jean-Pierre who spent 11 days trapped in the rubble of the hotel where he worked. Christa Brelsford was an American volunteer who was helping Haitians learn to read. She was trapped by falling concrete and lost her right leg to amputation, but was so grateful to her rescuers that she started a charity, Christa's Angels, to raise money to rebuild schools in Haiti. Several sections of the book are also devoted to the relief and rescue efforts that quickly came to Haiti in the aftermath of the disaster. Schoolchildren raised money through sales of hot chocolate, parades, and handmade cards. There is still quite a bit that needs to be done today in Haiti. You can click on this link to find out how to help.

Earthquake in Haiti is less a book about the science of earthquakes and more about the human effects of such a tragedy. Students could use this to study the skill of cause and effect by listing the bad effects (homelessness, death, lost jobs, etc.) and good effects (people around the world helping) of this natural disaster. There are also several words (desperate, compassion, volunteering) that could be used for vocabulary study and for making connections.

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