Category Archive: Social Studies

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

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

War & Peace

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Conflict is a part of life.  No one agrees all the time, so eventually we are bound to disagree with the people around us at school, work, or home.  How we handle that… Continue reading

Review : The Best American Infographics, 2013

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The Best American Infographics, 2013, edited by Gareth Cook. . Gr 9-Adult. Once in awhile a book comes across my desk that really grabs my attention for its sheer uniqueness. The Best American… Continue reading

Mapping with Books

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I recently found myself logging on–somewhat obsessively–to Google Maps as I was reading Enrique’s Journey, a book I talked about here. As Enrique was crossing the Rio Grande to get to Laredo, Texas,… 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

Review : A Real Prince Is Hard to Find

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A Real Prince Is Hard to Find by Joanna Rivard. 9781619632158. 2013. Gr K-2. Many of us watched the romance and wedding of Prince William and Kate, and we’ve all heard the news… Continue reading

Book Review: Food: The New Gold

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Food: The New Gold by Kathlyn Gay. August 2012.  9780761346074. Gr. 7-12 Think. Eat. Save.  This year on June 5th World Environment Day asks people to think about the connection between their food… Continue reading

Text Sets in the Elementary Classroom

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Teachers and librarians know that pairing fiction and nonfiction is a great way to get students to think more deeply and creatively about particular areas of study. Common Core calls for an infusion… Continue reading

Telling Family Histories in Picture Books

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Everyone has their favorite tales of family histories and traditions, and one of mine is about something that we always did before opening presents on Christmas Eve. Like most kids, my sisters and… Continue reading