The Writing on the Walls: Discovering Medieval and Ancient Graffiti for Middle Schools Social Studies
Reviews Valerie writes: A great "hook" to get students interested in medieval and ancient cultures! Provides a nice combination of information, activities and additional resources. Versatile use for large and small groups and learning centers. Gail H. writes:As an educator, I am always looking for supplemental texts and/or activities. This book is a gem! Firstly, it is versatile. While the target audience is 6-8th grades, this book could be used as a resource for high schoolers and upper elementary gifted students. It will work equally well with large or small group instruction. Next, it has kid-friendly text with present-day references that kids will relate to,ex. cell phone,texting,computers. Thirdly, the activities are fabulous! I want to do some of them myself! There are activities that will be enjoyable for the visual, auditory, and tactile learner. The only drawback is not the fault of the author. The format chosen by the published is not really student-friendly for the average to slow learner. There is way too much text on a page. I can appreciate conserving paper (and saving money), but not at a learner's expense. Cluttered pages = tuned out kids. In some places, the text is separated by several pages due to the inclusion of pictures. These format and layout issues should be corrected before the next run. The bottom line is this is a MUST-HAVE book for the middle school classroom or any other place where kids and adults are interested in medieval England, ancient Pompeii, or ancient Athens. All through the study of graffiti. Buy this book. Better yet, buy a class set!
Gail G. writes:The Writing on the Walls is a cool history book for kids. Liberally illustrated with examples of ancient graffiti, and written with clear narrative/story-like text, this well-researched book provides middle school kids and inquiring adults fascinating information about everyday life in ancient Greece, Rome and England. To my knowledge, the book is unique in that there is no other kids' book on the subject of ancient graffiti on the market. Fun, thought-provoking activities add a further user-friendly dimension to the book.
Joanne writes: The Writing on the Walls is a perfect example of using a primary source. The primary source is graffiti, written by people long ago. What an awesome hook to engage middle school students." (To see the entire review, please visit MiddleWeb.)