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In the Classroom: Rush Limbaugh’s Rush Revere and Other Books About the Pilgrims

My 4th graders culminate a year of immigration studies with a close look at the story of the Mayflower passengers, aka the Pilgrims. I began teaching the unit years ago and  have enjoyed finding new material for the children every year. … Continue reading

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In the Classroom: Podcasting Pilgrims

On Thursday I asked my 4th graders to briefly describe to each other the imaginary Pilgrims (protagonists for works of historical fiction they will soon be writing) they had created the day before. Figuring it would be fun I decided … Continue reading

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This Week in Children’s Books: Keith Richards and Rush Limbaugh

Keith Richards is penning a children’s book and  the Onion got some people-on-the-street reactions. And then there is the children’s book author Rush Limbaugh turning up on the Author of the Year shortlist for the Children’s & Teens Choice Book Awards. Since … Continue reading

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In the Classroom: Close Reading

I’ve been curious about the attention now being paid to the skill of close reading, something I began doing with my 4th graders decades ago. Judiciously. By that, I mean I only do it enough for the children to see … Continue reading

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Amistad Poetry

The forced immigration of people from Africa has inspired many poets. One of these was Phillis Wheatley. She was born around 1753 in Africa (one source I’ve read said she was from Gambia and another said Senegal), taken captive and brought … Continue reading

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In The Classroom: Does Spelling Matter?

The title of Simon Horobin’s book poses what, at first blush, seems a banal question. I imagine most readers would answer “Yes, spelling matters”, perhaps adding “though not as much as some believe”. Yet if the question of how words should … Continue reading

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In the Classroom: Charlie the Pilgrim

This year I again did a study of Charlie Chaplin with my 4th graders. At first it mostly involved watching movies beginning with his earliest ones done at Keystone.  The kids again connected immediately with Charlie and couldn’t get enough … Continue reading

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In the Classroom: Charlie in the New World

As some know I’m a big fan of Charlie Chaplin and last year I brought him into my classroom for a year-long study.  We spent months studying this wonderful silent film artist before creating a film in his style.  Since … Continue reading

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Some (Many) Spring 2012 Books I Am Eager To See

Just looked at PW’s recent feature on forthcoming spring 2012 books and the following were titles that especially intrigued me for one reason or another.  (This turned out to be very long and I’m sure there are many more I also want … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Charlie!

Some here already know of my affection for Charlie Chaplin. I’ve been showing his movies to my students throughout my career and am now working on a book for children about his films. This year my class has been doing … Continue reading

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