- Diversity of people and places enables more readers to identify and
personally connect with the content
- Headings, subheadings, and labeled photos help focus
- Photos and text information work together to help the reader understand
- Colored text helps recognize, follow, and process chunks of information
- Resident interviews and author narrative help transfer knowledge from
conversational language to the more challenging, specific vocabulary and information
- References, endnotes, and listed resources help expand knowledge
- “Your pages” encourage personal application
Author Christine Ewy’s résumé gives details about her long career as a teacher, teacher educator, consultant, author, and materials developer in education. She was privileged to teach pre-school through adults and to work with school districts, state departments, and publishers to develop materials that helped students and teachers achieve their goals.
This background guided her design of Why People Live in New Orleans and informs her work with student, parent, and teacher groups. Please contact us if you wish Christine to speak with a group in your school, or if you have questions about the book’s use or acquisition for your school.
Social Studies Priorities and Why People Live in New Orleans
Click to see how Why People Live in New Orleans supports National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) priorities.
Click to see how Why People Live in New Orleans supports Louisiana Social Studies Grade Level Expectations.
This blog theme currently has examples of discussion questions teachers may use with their classrooms. There will be more added periodically. They will focus on a particular curricular objective, such as “Places and Regions: Physical Characteristics.” Examples are generally written for middle school level students (grades 6-8 in the United States), but teachers know their students best and are encouraged to adapt the ideas and make them useful for their situations. Comments are very welcome. We’d like to hear if these offerings are useful, others you might like to see, how you are using Why People Live in New Orleans with students, and suggestions for other ways to use the blog for increased student understanding and teacher support.