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review 2019-02-04 00:21
Holes
Holes - Louis Sachar

Holes tells the tale of the unfortunate Stanley Yelnats and the characters he encounters at Camp Green Lake. This book is definitely for older students and it is one they will enjoy. A cause and effect activity would go great with Holes. The decision his great-great-grandfather makes effects many generations after him so I would have students explore it. 

 

Lexile 660L

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review 2018-06-21 14:25
Book Review - Antarctic Tears: Determination, adversity, and the pursuit of a dream at the bottom of the world
Antarctic Tears: Determination, adversity, and the pursuit of a dream at the bottom of the world - Aaron Linsdau

A true life account of one man's battle against the ultimate force on planet earth, Mother Nature and her greatest creation Antarctica and the wilderness that beholds her. How many of us have had the courage to follow our ultimate dream and actually done something about it?  From a very young age our intrepid author was obsessed and driven by the drive to conquer Mother Nature and this books tells us how he achieved it.

From his childhood the author had a liking for the great outdoors, joining the scout movement and raising through their ranks learning how to survive. The determination and drive for this guy to achieve his dream of a solo walk to the South Pole is awe inspiring.

This will be loved by anyone who has a great interest in mans basic skill on how to survive the ultimate challenges that Mother Nature can throw at us. Honest and down to earth the author brings to life the images of snow storms and snow blindness along with knowing that one false step can lead to serious injury or even death. Pure grit in his deepest hour shows how far we can push the fragile human body and at times it is not the body that is the main ingredient to survive but the mental power to function and focus on one step at a time.

A book for adventures and travellers, appealing to hard core extreme sports and gave us an insight on how to focus mind and body to achieve our dreams. 

Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/2018/06/lost-at-windy-corner-lessons-from.html
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review 2018-02-21 03:33
What's Your Name?
My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth - Ann Turner,James Ransome

AR: 4.4

Grade Level: 2nd-5th

Summary: My Name Is Truth describes the life of slave, Sojourner Truth. It goes into detail of her life as a slave, then dwells into how she received her name Sojourner Truth. 

Idea: I absolutely love this book! It's an excellent book to help introduce slavery to students. It encourages determination, what we want all of our students to have. I will most definitely be using this book to cover a unit on slavery during social studies. 

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review 2018-02-17 04:13
Helen Keller
Young Helen Keller: Woman of Courage (First-Start Biographies) - Benjamin

AR: 3.1

Grade Level: K-2nd

Summary: Hellen Keller describes the life of a young girl, who personally struggles with being both blind and deaf. It is great for younger students who may not understand this concept. 

Idea: I would use this book in my classroom to teach students more about diversity. I would make sure they learn that not everybody is made the same. An activity that I will allow my students to take part in, all school year, is sign language. I feel like sign language is a very useful tool. You never know when you may encounter someone who cannot speak with their mouth. I want to make sure that all of my students get a taste of as much diversity as possible. 

 

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review 2018-02-17 04:00
Anne Frank
Anne Frank: A Hidden Life - Mirjam Pressler

AR: 8.5

Grade Level: 6th-8th

Summary: Anne Frank: A Hidden Life is all about what Anne Frank and her family endured through the Holocaust. Anne Frank: A Hidden Life gives extreme detail, and allows the reader to experience the Holocaust through Anne's perspctive. 

Idea: This is a great way to intertwine reading into social studies because it covers a momumental part of our history.  I would most definitely use this book for upper grades, most likely 6th. I feel like the reading level and content is most appropiate here. For my lower level students, I can always fit this book into where I would meet their needs. This way, they would not miss out on a first hand account of a young girl, who experienced every bit of the Holocaust. 

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