November 29, 2015

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Marilyn Nelson’s “My Seneca Village” | A Lesson Plan and Discussion Guide

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In a series of stunning poems, Newbery and Coretta Scott King awards honoree Marilyn Nelson introduces readers to My Seneca Village, a multiethnic 19th-century community that thrived on the edge of what today is New York City’s Central Park

Ordinary Kids, Extraordinary Circumstances: World War II Fiction for Middle Grade Readers

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Set against a backdrop of dramatic world events, three engrossing and vividly written novels provide glimpses at history from the relatable perspectives of their young narrators.

Exploring America’s Past: Historical Fiction for Middle Grade Readers


Three new superbly written books feature unique protagonists with compelling points of view and provide insight into the experiences of others, while underscoring the extraordinary courage of otherwise ordinary kids

A Voting Rights Bookshelf


August 6th marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights act and the promise and application of these rights continue to headline the news today. Share this book list with your students for background on this historic legislation.

Whale Watching|Those Magnificent—and Vulnerable—Leviathans


Encourage kids to dive into this selection of informational and fictional picture books to learn more about the largest animals on the planet.

Talkin’ Trash | Spotlight on the Environment


In schools across the country, we remind children and teens to “reduce, reuse, recycle,” but how these acts impact a community isn’t always visible. The consequences of avoiding that responsibility are, however.

Farm to Table: The Food We Eat, the World We Live In


Serve these titles up as part of units on life science, health and nutrition, community workers, ecology, and the conservation of natural resources.

Beboppin’ with “Bird & Diz”


With bursts of rhythm and flashes of color, Gary Golio and Ed Young’s stunning new picture book “Bird & Diz” captures the spirit and genius of bebop artists Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie and their classic rendition of “Salt Peanuts.”

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Water: Earth’s Most Precious Resource


Recently, factors such as drought, climate change, and increased demand have raised concerns about the availability of and access to safe drinking water across the globe. Prepare for World Water Day on March 22 with titles that incorporate science, geography and history, and environmental and social issues.

Timing Is Everything | Consider the Source


Everyone who knows me knows I’m in the cheering section for the Common Core English Language Arts State Standards. But as an advocate for the standards, I have a concern and a question about the assessments.

Project ReimaginED: Online Coffee Klatch for Educators

Project ReimaginED: Online Coffee Klatch for Educators

Educators encourage their students to head online for digital resources that enhance their classroom learning. Now it’s time for them to do the same.

In the Line of Fire: Perspectives on War

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Although they focus on different historical events, represent various viewpoints, and employ an assortment of formats, three new titles offer riveting perspectives of war and its devastating effects.

A Trio of Trailblazing Performers


Three new picture books about three African American women born in the early 20th century resound with compelling storytelling, expressive artwork, and a sonorous message about overcoming obstacles and following one’s dreams.

When Racing to the Top Slows Us Down | On Common Core


In many states where the CCSS have been adopted and RttT funds accepted, educators are feeling beleagured.

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The Stuff of Stars | New Picture Book Biographies


New picture book bios by Barb Rosenstock, G. Neri, Jen Bryant, and others, lead this fall’s star studded lists.

Support for Struggling Learners | Professional Shelf


With solid advice and practical examples, two recent professional titles advocate student-centered approaches that support struggling learners as they gain confidence and increase proficiency.

Bibliophile’s Delight: Books that Celebrate Creative Writing, Book Lovers, and Libraries


Introduce and nurture independent writing, generate enthusiasm for books and reading, and the support language arts curriculum standards with these new picture books.

‘Text Sets’ Slated to Help School Librarians Advance College Readiness


With reading skills being tested as criteria of college readiness, school librarians are primed to support these skills by building text sets—or units of instruction—according to the nonprofit Student Achievement Partners.

Waiting for the Common Core to Go Away? Don’t Hold Your Breath | Consider the Source


I often hear the hope, expressed as an expectation, that the Common Core State Standards are about to disappear. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in opposition states.

Down by the Sea | Factual & Fictional Selections for Young Readers


Covering 71 percent of Earth’s surface, home to a vast array of plant and animal species, inherently mysterious and largely unexplored, the ocean makes a fascinating topic for motivating investigations and stimulating imaginations.