Category Archive: Social Studies

I…Robot?

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Recently, I have been fascinated by the television show “Westworld”, which describes a future world where robotics & artificial intelligence have advanced to the point of making the cybernetic beings indistinguishable from the… Continue reading

Exploring Immigration

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Immigrant. Refugee. Migrant. If you follow current events, you hear these words a lot.  But perhaps we don’t stop to think about them.  Francesca Sanna writes in the author’s note of her picture… Continue reading

Teaching Picture Books in MS/HS

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As someone who has only taught secondary education, I can’t help but see every book through that middle school/high school lens…even picture books. And, oh how fun it is! As an adult, I… Continue reading

Best Of: Historical Fiction & Social Studies Favorites

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Not long ago, I presented some booktalks at the annual ITEM (Information & Technology Educators of Minnesota) conference in Minnesota.  My areas this year included Historical Fiction & Social Studies titles for the… Continue reading

To Boldly Go…

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On September 8, 1966 (three years before Neil Armstrong took his “one small step for man”), a new TV show aired on NBC centering on the space adventures of the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise… Continue reading

Holding Out For A (Super) Hero

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With the calendar about to flip into August, we are most definitely entering the “dog days of summer”.  In the entertainment industry, this time period is smack dab in the middle of “superhero… Continue reading

Summer + Water = Fun!

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As a youngster, my June-August months were spent at my grandparents’ lake cabin (pictured above) in the little north-MN town of Aitkin, MN.  While “the cabin” offered a variety of activities in which… Continue reading

How You Play The Game(s)

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Not long ago, fellow blogger Anna featured some videogame-centric titles in this post.  While reading that entry, it really got me thinking about some of the great memories I also experienced as a… Continue reading

Review: One Child

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In One Child, Mei Fong, a journalist, compiled a compelling investigation into the impact of the one child policy implemented in China had on the future of the country and the rest of… Continue reading

Review: Ada’s Violin

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“The world sends us garbage. We sent back music.” – Favio Chavez The Recycled Orchestra began as a small music class for kids in Cateura, a small Paraguayan town built on a landfill… Continue reading