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Nonfiction Monday: February's History

Celebrate February's history, Black History Month and Darwin's 200th birthday, with this fiction/nonfiction book pair for grades 6-8.

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Charles Charles and Emma: The Darwin's Leap of Faith
by Deborah Heligman

Reading level: Grades 6-8
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt

Charles Darwin was a scientist but the woman he loved was not. See how Emma's views made Darwin question his work in this new biography.

Charles and Emma Teachers Guide (PDF)

Pair With

Chains Chains
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Reading level: Grades 6-8
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Celebrate Black History Month with this Revolutionary War novel about a thirteen-year-old girl's quest for freedom.

Chains Discussion Guide


See Black History Milestones, Maps, Icons, Videos and Facts at History.com.

Journey through Black History with Timelines and Biographies at Biography.com.

TeacherVision has Black History Slideshows, Printables and Lesson Plans for K-12.

Explore Charles Darwin's Life and Times at AboutDarwin.com.

Visit the online Darwin exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.

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