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review 2017-04-02 21:29
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

After living ten years being treated horribly by his aunt, uncle and cousin, Harry Potter discovers he is a wizard on his 11th birthday. From that moment on he is invited to a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he learns there is more to being a wizard than spells and wands. Together with his new friends school is a lot more interesting than figuring sums and trying to remember who ruled England in what century. Harry's out to discover who he is and the journey he takes to get there will keep you on the edge of your seat and keep reading to find out more.  This book would do well with a unit study as a class. Through the unit study the class would focus on point of view, character analysis, figurative language, plot, and theme. The students would have to write, re-read, analyze, work in teams, draw, seek evidence, and practice many language arts aligned skills to dive into the book. 

Reading Level: 4th grade to college

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review 2014-11-23 21:29
Common Core Standards and World War II: A Literary Veteran's Day Observance - Pat Scales

While in part an advertisement for the books mentioned, this does present some good ideas and activities to be used with students.

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review 2014-11-09 01:30
Common Core Standards and Banned Books Week: A Thematic Guide to Introducing Banned and Challenged Books in the Classroom - Pat Scales

While a reading sample (ad) for the books on the cover, this freebie has some good ideas for Banned Book Week for teachers and parents.

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review 2012-07-09 00:00
Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement
Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement - Lucy McCormick Calkins,Mary Ehrenworth,Christopher Lehman 12/31/12 ** Am sure that I'll pick this up again when I need something specific from it. Probably won't read it cover-to-cover though. However, if you're interested in why there's controversy about the Common Core State Standards, this volume does provide a good explanation of both sides of the issue.
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