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Mathew Brady, a successful photographer known for his photographs of Lincoln, documented the Civil War in a way no previous war had been recorded. Armstrong's narrative gives an overview of the war in vivid terms, with an emphasis on the photographs, how they were taken, and their effect.
Teacher Erin Dees and [Elizabeth Rusch] collaborated on a Common Core guide to The Mighty Mars Rovers, which you can download for free here. Before giving students these Common Core tasks, [she] hope[s] teachers will first have students read and enjoy the book. ...being engaged in a book can inspire kids to be more interested in delving into how the book was researched and written.
Marc Aronson, Myra Zarnowski, Mary Ann Cappiello, Sue Bartle, and Kathleen Odean use digital media to share their passion for and knowledge of nonfiction literature and their experience with children, teachers, and librarians to champion nonfiction and provide schools across the nation. Kid-friendly, standards-based instructional ideas for the transition to the new Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Content Literacy.
"The Common Core State Standards are shifting the focus of teaching to the use of complex nonfiction in the the classroom. There is no better way to implement the CCSS in your classroom than by studying nonfiction literature from iNK’s team of award-winning authors. Our books are also aligned to the National Curriculum Standards so you can easily find terrific grade-appropriate reading on the subjects you have to teach."
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Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been adopted in a majority of states. The question for many public youth librarians is how best to support their school colleagues and families in this new educational adventure. One of the most important changes that has occurred is an increasing emphasis on using non-fiction, specifically narrative non-fiction, to address the standards in teaching critical thinking skills. Libraries with strong non-fiction collections and open communication with their school colleagues will find they are ready to provide the needed support in their collections and services. The following resources can serve as a starting point to become more familiar with CCSS and gain confidence in serving your community.
Libraries have been digitizing their collections for years, but the materials can be hard to find. Enter the Digital Public Library of America.
"Part of a series, Keys To The Whole World: American Public Libraries
Buried in the archives of America's public and academic libraries are historical treasures — old papers, photos and records — that flesh out a detailed picture of our past.
Many libraries are trying to make it easier to find that material by putting digital copies online. But with so many different websites and databases to turn to, it may still require a research degree in Web searching to find anything. This spring, a program launched that aims to put all that great stuff in one place: the Digital Public Library of America.
The DPLA has already drawn scholars like Lincoln Mullen, a graduate student at Brandeis University who is researching the history of religious conversion in the United States. Mullen says the DPLA uncovered some hard-to-find documents at the College of Charleston in South Carolina — handwritten letters by a slave owner, William H.W. Barnwell, in which Barnwell discussed religious instruction to slaves and how the North misunderstood the South in these matters."
For several years, the National Book Foundation has been trying to increase the impact and awareness of its annual awards. Today we’re seeing the first example of its previously announced plans to change the format.
"Tips for Using NoveList to meet Common Core Standards...This new blog series is intended to process this plethora of information and pass it onto you. In this inaugural post, I’ll be discussing the goals that the Common Core Standards are trying to achieve, and give you some tips for meeting them."
Reviews and recommendations for Adult books for Teens by School Library Journal contributors, Mark Flowers and Angela Carstensen. Includes categories: Best Books, Nonfiction, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Graphic Novels.
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