Category Archive: Social Studies

Homelessness: Together, we can make a difference!

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The National Alliance to End Homelessness states: “Homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. Understanding homelessness requires a grasp of several social issues: poverty,… Continue reading

Teens Who Inspire

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There are plenty of stories in local and national news about children and teens getting in trouble, flunking out of school, and not being good role models. But here I am going to… Continue reading

Reviews: How Star Wars Conquered The Universe & Quiet

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Since the start of 2015, I have read two books that really had an impact on me.  I feel that both titles would be great additions to any high school library collection: How… Continue reading

Review: Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

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Based on recommendations from coworkers Leslie and Ryan, I’m currently listening to the audio book The Devil in The White City: Murder, Magic, and Mad Madness at the Fair That Changed America. The… Continue reading

Courage and Resilience

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True stories of extraordinary courage and resilience are very compelling reads for me. Some of them are so amazing and improbable that they seem like they must be fiction. I grew up enjoying… Continue reading

Review: Maddi’s Fridge

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I recently learned September is Hunger Awareness Month. Coincidently, a children’s book recently crossed my desk that does a nice job of addressing the issue of hunger. So in the interest of raising… Continue reading

2014 U.S. History Hits for the Middle Grades—So Far…

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I’m a history buff, so whenever interesting new titles come across my desk, I’m happily carried away to another place and time for a bit, immersing myself in another era. While I’m often… Continue reading

How does your Garden Grow?

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When my kids were younger I tried every trick in the book to get them to eat their vegetables. One of my strategies was to give them each a garden plot in which… Continue reading

Review: All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

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Once again I’ve come across a picture book that proves to be both informative as well as enjoyable. I’d heard of Juneteenth but never understand the historical significance of the celebration. All Different… Continue reading

Civil Rights Commemorations

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We are in the midst of 50th anniversary commemorations of the many significant Civil Rights events of the 1960s. While most people would agree that the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme… Continue reading