Category Archive: Social Studies

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

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

WWII Fiction and Nonfiction for Middle School

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Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes. April 2013. 9780763660376. Gr 6-8. When I heard the Candlewick rep say, ” Hero is about a 13-year-old boy during World War II, living in Italy,”… Continue reading

Series Review: Both Sides of the Story

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Animal Rights by Patience Coster. 2012. 9781448871841. Gr. 5-8. Arab-Israeli Conflict by Nicola Barber. 2012. 9781448871834. Gr. 5-8. Cloning and Genetic Engineering by Nicola Barber. 2012. 9781448871872. Gr. 5-8. Death Penalty by Nicola… Continue reading

Social Problems in World Cultures

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Social issues include such problems as poverty, gender issues, education, race, and crime.  Here are three adult cross-over titles that are appropriate—and interesting—for high school students. King Peggy : An American Secretary, Her… Continue reading

A Dozen of Tracey’s Favorite 2012 Nonfiction

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It’s time for that most strenuous time of year.  No, not the holidays—but the making of the top 10 lists.  Let me confess:  I just can’t do it.  I don’t think I have… Continue reading

Common Core and the Language Arts Classroom

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Lately, whenever the topic of the Common Core State Standards comes up in conversations with educators, I don’t typically see enthusiastic responses. Everyone knows about the standards and understands that they mean a… Continue reading

Rescue Me! : Shelter Dogs

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We are definitely dog people and have almost always had two of them at a time.  Though we have had purebreds (got them free from a friend), most of our dogs (and other… Continue reading

Book Review: Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion

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Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion by Samantha Seiple.  2011. 9780545296540. Gr 6-9. All of us know about the Pearl Harbor bombings, but did you know that on… Continue reading