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Book Commercial vs Book Talks

Challenge your students to create a Book Commercial. Use the tools outlined in this Jesse Buetow Blog.

MLA 7 vs MLA 8 – changes

View the webinar from Easybib to get a run down of the changes in MLA citations. You will be pleased with the changes – one format for all sources. The webinar includes lesson ideas.

Visit Easybib for more examples and the MLA 8 Handbook Guide.

Download the complete MLA 8 guide.

 

Natalie Babbitt – Tuck Everlasting

Natalie Babbitt, the author of Tuck Everlasting and many other books, died on Monday at 84. The New Your Times outlines her life and her writing.

Babbitt says about her book-

“Actually, I don’t think of ‘Tuck’ as being about death,” Ms. Babbitt said in 1982. “The tale is concerned with life — its finiteness, what this means and whether or not, ultimately, it is preferable to immortality.”

Anne Tyler, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, described “Tuck Everlasting” as “one of the best books ever written — for any age.”

 

Primary ad Secondary Sources

Primary and Secondary Sources explained.

Primary Source Sets at the American Library of Congress.

MLA 8 vs MLA 7

Have a look at the changes in citations using the new MLA guide. There are many changes that make citing sources more consistent and wide reaching with the ability to cite online resources such as twitter and urls.

Symbols of the United States

The United States’ Library of Congress provides links to primary source  Symbols of the United States along with a Teacher’s Guide. Teachers of other countries can use this teacher’s guide as a model to teach symbols of your country.

Teachers, access the Teacher’s Guides and Analysis Tool to use with students.

Download for free – The Symbols of the United States Student Discovery Set.

(This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.)

Website” Essential Civil War Curriculum

This site is a good start for the study of the Americal Civil War for secondary  and post-secondary school students. The Essential Civil War Curriculum site is “produced by today’s foremost Civil War historians. This site contains a definitive list of over 325 topics that every student of the Civil War should study”. It is a collection of resource lists, photographs, and descriptions of seminal events of the war and American history.

You will also find:

Canada’s Great War Album: Submit Your Story

Canada’s Great War Album wants your story to be told. Use this link to upload pictures, letters and the story of your family member who served in World War One. Teachers, use this as an opportunity to have students write for an authentic audience and preserve history.

I have a writing job to do too. I will be sending what I have to share about my paternal grandfather and his role in WWI.

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Pte. Frederick and Florence Gosney
Married January 22, 1918.

Non-fiction texts for history teachers

The Canada’s History site offers teachers a wealth of non-fiction, primary source documents to use with your students. There is very interesting reading about the POWs and internees of the First World War.

Read about the ingenuity of POWs and how they requested items using hidden messages and code words to help with their escape attempts from POW camps in Germany.

Use these articles as mentor texts with groups of students to work on strategies to decode the text.

PBS: Electoral Central – American Election explored

PBS has created an incredibly comprehensive set of interactive resources for Gr. 7-12 history teachers to help you teach about the American Presidential Election.

The resources include: