Category Archive: Biography

Literary Nonfiction for Common Core

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There has been a lot of conversation, discussion, debate, and yes, even some arguments over the Common Core’s stress on nonfiction.  Though I appreciate literature and love fiction, I personally am glad of… Continue reading

Genius and Madness

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There is no great genius without a tincture of madness. –Aristotle I find geniuses and their lives fascinating, and I think Aristotle has identified why that is for me.  It seems that the… Continue reading

We (Still) Love You, Yeh, Yeh, Yeh…the Beatles 50 Years On

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OK, I admit that I am a confirmed Beatlemaniac, which probably gives you a clue to my age.  However, greatness endures, and the Beatles have certainly established their place in the sweep of… Continue reading

Book Review: Leaving China: an Artist Paints HIs World War II Childhood

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Every once in awhile a book comes across my desk that catches my attention and draws me into its story and its mood in a way that I know will stay for a… Continue reading

Scientists Who Spoke Too Soon

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Science has always been a fascinating subject for me.  When I was in seventh grade, we had to do a report during our human anatomy unit, and there were two topics that I… Continue reading

Biographies for Middle & High Students

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I think biographies might be my favorite form of literature.  They provide such great windows into many aspects of our culture—history, politics, science, art, sports, etc.–all presented via really interesting stories about individual… Continue reading

Journey of a Lifetime

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Earlier this week I read a news story about the dangers people from Central America face as they attempt to journey to the United States, traveling part of the distance through Mexico atop… Continue reading

Picture Books in the Classroom

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Picture books are great for enhancing literacy in the elementary grades. They can be read aloud to a group, shared with an individual child, and paged through by the students themselves, taking in… Continue reading

Women’s History Month Marches Forward

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For good reason, March is Women’s History Month. One hundred years ago on March 3, 1913, more than 5,000 suffragists marched in Washington, D.C., underscoring what was called “a national policy of nagging”… Continue reading

The Alex Awards

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I try to read broadly, through all levels and genres, but I will say that the majority of books I read are written for adults.  However, I do read a good number of… Continue reading