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Beaty, A. & Roberts, D. (2013). Rosie Revere, Engineer. New York: Abrams
Summary: Rosie Revere is an inventor and engineer. Shy and quiet at school, at night her inventions come alive. She carefully combs trash for treasure to create her machines. Rosie keeps her inventions hidden, though as fear of failure (linked to a cheese hat experience) has made her timid about her dreams. One day she meets her twice-great Aunt Rose who has done it all, including working on airplanes in the war effort. Aunt Rose’s final dream-to fly-inspires Rosie to give her inventing one more try. With the help of Aunt Rose, Rosie Revere learns that failure is not what it seems, but it is often a first step.
Quantitative reading level: Lexile Level (from Lexile Find a book) AD860L; ATOS Reading Level (From AR Book Finder) 4.2. Recommended interest level: lower grades, K-3.
Qualitative reading analysis (Text Complexity analyzed using SCASS/Achieve the Core Literature rubric)
Text Structure: Content is clear, chronological, and easy to predict. Use of graphics directly support the text and assist in interpreting the story but are not essential to understanding the text itself.
Language Features: Conversationality is explicit, literal and easy to understand. Vocabulary is familiar conversational language. Sentence structure is primarily simple and compound sentences.
Meaning: There is one primary level of meaning. The theme is clear, but not revealed early in the text leading the meaning to be more moderately complex as the meaning unfolds throughout the story.
Knowledge demands: The story explores a single theme. Experiences would be common to most readers. Intertextuality and cultural knowledge is low. There are no references to other texts or cultural elements beyond contemporary American/Western European culture.
Content area: Science, Physical Science: Engineering, physics
Other subject areas: self esteem
Content area standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4 Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.6 Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to an understanding of the topic.
Curriculum suggestions: Rosie Revere, Engineer could be used during lessons on simple machines (levers, pulleys etc.). The book could also be used as part of Career day lessons or for creative writing or art lessons that focus on inventions and inventing.
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