Teaching Children's Literature

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Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci


Bibliographic Information: Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci, written and illustrated by Gene Barretta, published by Henry Holt and Company, New York, c. 2009

Lexile Level: 950

Synopsis: This book offers a glimpse at the mind of a very advanced thinker.  Using examples from Leonardo da Vinci’s notes, Barretta shows how the ideas da Vinci had in his day were put into use hundreds of years later.

Rationale for Classroom Use: This text presents the argument that several modern day inventions originated in the mind of Leonardo da Vinci.  It provides an example of a researcher working to prove their opinion; because of that, this text serves as a good model of how writers used evidence to support their point.  This text could also be used as a launching pad for a research project on the history of inventions. Students could use the information found in this text, combined with other research, to create a report.

Common Core Connection:

4.RI.8. Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

4.RI.9. Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.


About Kristen

I am an elementary school teacher with five years of experience in 4th and 5th grades. I am taking a year off from teaching to get my masters in Reading through the New Literacies and Global Learning program at NC State University.

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