By Tami G. O’Connor
When I taught second grade, one of our literature books was Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully. I was that teacher who always taught thematically—that is, nothing ever was taught in a vacuum. I tried as often as possible to tie things together.
So as we read this book about a young French girl who learns from a retired high-wire artist to walk on a tightrope, in Language Arts we talked and wrote about our heroes, in Geography we researched where in the world France is. And in Science, we learned about balance and center of gravity.