Author: Karen Hesse
Grade Level: 3-4
Students: A balanced mix of strong readers and struggling or reluctant readers
Rating by:Trecie Warner in Colorado
(4) Yes and also includes historical notes, primary sources, etc.
(2) A few inaccurate or misleading portrayals
(1) Not a bit
An Engaging Story?
(4) Almost all students will beg to keep reading
(3) Most students will get caught up in the story
(2) Some students will read ahead by mistake
(1) Students will groan when the book is mentioned
(4) Students will still be talking about it in the hallway
(3) Will prompt discussion about major issues in the past as well as today
(2) Will prompt discussion about the characters and the events in the book(1) Will not prompt discussion
(4) Everyone - even the most reluctant readers – can get on board(3) Can be used for a whole class read
(2) Can only be used with a small high-powered reading group
(1) Recommend only to students that love readingAge Appropriate Content?
A Comment from Trecie Warner: My students loved hearing Rifka's story. They laughed and cried, worried and cheered as I read the book aloud. It connected well with our unit on immigrants and their struggles to become American citizens.
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Link to Letters From Rifka Background (A brief video introduction to the novel Letters from Rifka to get students familiar with the history of Russia during the Russian Civil War.)
Link to a Teacher's Guide for Letters From Rifka
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