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Zombies Everywhere!

Ever since I heard about #TLAP (Teach Like A Pirate), by Dave Burgess, I’ve been thinking. What can I do to capture my students’ attention on day 1? 222 more words


Pets in the Classroom ~ What's Your Educated Opinion?

Join the Great Debate:  Should we have pets in our classrooms?

Offer Your Opinion:  Share your opinion on this poll prior to researching the matter further. 461 more words

Persuasive Writing

2015 Rebecca Caudill Roundup: Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

For the past couple of months, WGN America has been blasting TV viewers with previews of its newest series, Manhattan, a drama set in a secret New Mexico town in 1943, the time of the Manhattan project. 401 more words


"The president has been shot"

Swanson, J. (2013). “The president has been shot”. New York: Scholastic Press. p. 274.

In November 1963, an event occurred that changed many American lives. The president of the United States of America was shot as he rode in a limousine on his way to a luncheon in Dallas, Texas. 177 more words

Book Review

The Blessing of Slight Neglect

Almost a year ago, I commented on William Faulkner’s Nobel speech. I focused on how the sprawl of our lives–the pressure to be available around the clock, the leveling and spreading of our intentions–tends to break down our sense of sanctity (broadly defined),* and how, without a sense of sanctity, we lose touch with what he calls the “old verities.” Today I would like to comment on a different aspect of his speech: the “problems of the human heart in conflict with itself.” I begin, though, with a change of direction. 1,042 more words


Parrots over Puerto Rico

Roth, S. and Trumbore, C. (2013). Parrots over Puerto Rico. New York: Lee & Low Books. p. 48.

Once long ago, the skies over Puerto Rico were filled with Puerto Rican parrots. 135 more words

Book Review

The Nazi hunters

Bascomb, N. (2013). The Nazi hunters: how a team of spies and survivors captured the world’s most notorious Nazi. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books. p. 140 more words

Book Review