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Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers as seen by Matt James

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Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers and Matt James

 

Grades 2-5

 

Lexile: n/a

 

A beautiful example of literary nonfiction, alternates between lyrical prose and presenting fact, includes timelines, a perfect example of complex text in an accessible format for grades 5-8. From the Publisher: Matt brings a unique vision to the song and the history behind it, annotating his illustrations with marginalia about the explorers, including the native peoples of the north. The book also contains the music for the song, a note on the Northwest Passage, maps, information about Stan Rogers (as well as a final verse of the song that was never recorded) and notes on the illustrations.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
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Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane; illustrated by Hoda Hadadi

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Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane

 

Grades K-3

 

Lexile: 890

 

Read aloud for students in grades 2-3. From the Publisher: "Poetic language, attractive illustrations and a positive message about Islam, without any didacticism: a wonderful combination," declares Kirkus Reviews in a starred review. Lalla lives in the Muslim country of Mauritania, and more than anything, she wants to wear a malafa, the colorful cloth Mauritanian women, like her mama and big sister, wear to cover their heads and clothes in public.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1

Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

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Thomas Jefferson by Maira Kalman & Maira Kalman

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Renowned artist Maira Kalman sheds light on the fa
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Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman

 

Grades K-3

 

Lexile: 780

 

From the Publisher: Thomas Jefferson is perhaps best known for writing the Declaration of Independence—but there's so much more to discover. Our first foodie, he grew over fifteen kinds of peas and advocated a mostly vegetarian diet. And oh yes, as our third president, he doubled the size of the United States and sent Lewis and Clark to explore it. He also started the Library of Congress and said, “I cannot live without books." But monumental figures can have monumental flaws, and Jefferson was no exception. Although he called slavery an “abomination," he owned about 150 slaves.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.6

Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.


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Perfect for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and Looking for Alaska, THE TRAGEDY PAPER has been called "a beguiling and beautifully written tale of first love an...
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The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban

 

Grades 9-12

 

Lexile: n/a

 

While preparing for the most dreaded assignment at the prestigious Irving School, the Tragedy Paper, Duncan gets wrapped up in the tragic tale of Tim Macbeth, a former student who had a clandestine relationship with the wrong girl, and his own ill-fated romance with Daisy.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.2

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

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Invasion by Walter Dean Myers

Invasion by Walter Dean Myers | Common Core (Better-than or just as good as) Exemplar Texts | Scoop.it
In each of his three books about war — Invasion (2013), set during WWII; Fallen Angels (1988), Vietnam; and Sunrise over Fallujah (2008), the second Iraq War — Water Dean Myers asks readers to immerse themselves in a specific conflict from the point of view of a particular character. These wars are distinct both geographically …
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Invasion by Walter Dean Myers

 

Grades 6-10

 

Lexile: 760L

 

Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry were friends in Virginia, but now that they are both involved in the Normandy invasion, the differences in their positions is uncomfortable, for Josiah is a white infantryman and Marcus is a black transport driver, the only role the segregated army will allow him.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.8

Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.

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Invasion by Walter Dean Myers

 

Grades 6-10

 

Lexile: 760L

 

Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry were friends in Virginia, but now that they are both involved in the Normandy invasion, the differences in their positions is uncomfortable, for Josiah is a white infantryman and Marcus is a black transport driver, the only role the segregated army will allow him.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.8

Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.

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BOY21 by Matthew Quick

BOY21 (Little, Brown & Co): Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence...
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BOY21 by Matthew Quick

 

Grades 9-12

 

Lexile: 830L

 

Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

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172 HOURS ON THE MOON by Johan Harstad

172 HOURS ON THE MOON by Johan Harstad | Common Core (Better-than or just as good as) Exemplar Texts | Scoop.it
Three lucky young winners. An expedition to space. 172 hours on the moon at base DARLAH 2. And YOU'RE invited. Sign up & make history on 4.17.12.
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172 HOURS ON THE MOON by Johan Harstad

 

Grades 9-12

 

Lexile: n/a

 

From the publisher: It's the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers know that something sinister is waiting for them on the desolate surface of the moon. And in the black vacuum of space... no one is coming to save them.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.3

Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, a new Young Adult novel by Meg Medina. Coming March 2013 from Candlewick Press.
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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

 

Grades 9-12

 

Lexile: HL670L

 

From the publisher: One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn't even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she's done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn't Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn't kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she's never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy's life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away? In an all-too-realistic novel, Meg Medina portrays a sympathetic heroine who is forced to decide who she really is.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

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The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky

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Blending mystery with coming-of-age themes, Dubosarsky’s novel, set in 1967 at an Australian all-girls school, explores a class’s response to the unexplained disappearance of their teacher. Miss Rensh
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The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky

 

Grades 6-10

 

Lexile: 720L

 

From the publisher: The Vietnam War rages overseas, but back at home, in a year that begins with the hanging of one man and ends with the drowning of another, eleven schoolgirls embrace their own chilling history when their teacher abruptly goes missing on a field trip. Who was the mysterious poet they had met in the Garden? What actually happened in the seaside cave that day? And most important — who can they tell about it? In beautifully shimmering prose, Ursula Dubosarsky reveals how a single shared experience can alter the course of young lives forever. Part gripping thriller, part ethereal tale of innocence lost, The Golden Day is a poignant study of fear and friendship, and of what it takes to come of age with courage.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.5

Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).

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The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky

 

Grades 6-10

 

Lexile: 720L

 

From the publisher: The Vietnam War rages overseas, but back at home, in a year that begins with the hanging of one man and ends with the drowning of another, eleven schoolgirls embrace their own chilling history when their teacher abruptly goes missing on a field trip. Who was the mysterious poet they had met in the Garden? What actually happened in the seaside cave that day? And most important — who can they tell about it? In beautifully shimmering prose, Ursula Dubosarsky reveals how a single shared experience can alter the course of young lives forever. Part gripping thriller, part ethereal tale of innocence lost, The Golden Day is a poignant study of fear and friendship, and of what it takes to come of age with courage.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.5

Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).

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Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John

Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John | Common Core (Better-than or just as good as) Exemplar Texts | Scoop.it
Available in: NOOK Book (eBook), Paperback, Hardcover. This young people's version of the adult bestseller, Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference, is a complex and inspirational story about&
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Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John

 

Grades 6-10

 

Lexile: 980L

 

Luma Mufleh founds a youth soccer team comprised of children from Liberia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkan states, and elsewhere in the refugee settlement town of Clarkston, Georgia, bringing the children together to discover their common bonds as they adjust to life in a new homeland.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.5

Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).

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Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John

 

Grades 6-10

 

Lexile: 980L

 

Luma Mufleh founds a youth soccer team comprised of children from Liberia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkan states, and elsewhere in the refugee settlement town of Clarkston, Georgia, bringing the children together to discover their common bonds as they adjust to life in a new homeland.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.5

Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).

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Romeo and Juliet by Gareth Hinds

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Shakespeare's tragic lovers receive star treatment in this spellbinding graphic-novel production.
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Romeo and Juliet by Gareth Hinds

 

Grades 9-12

 

Lexile: n/a

 

A graphic novel adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic tragedy about Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, two young people whose love for one another is doomed by the long-standing feud between their families, with characters recast as multiracial individuals.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.7

Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.)

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The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman

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Sylvia Whitman, a writer based in Arlington, Virginia, has written many books for children, including the YA novel The Milk of Birds, the picture book Under the Ramadan Moon, and the social history Whats Cooking? The History of American Food
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The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman

Grades 9-12

Lexile: 780L

 

When a nonprofit organization called Save the Girls pairs a fourteen-year-old Sudanese refugee with an American teenager from Richmond, Virginia, the pen pals teach each other compassion and share a bond that bridges two continents.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.5 Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.

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Natalie Lloyd: A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

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A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

 

Grades 4-8

 

Lexile: n/a AR: 4.7

 

From the Publisher: Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck's about to change. A "word collector," Felicity sees words everywhere---shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog's floppy ears---but Midnight Gulch is the first place she's ever seen the word "home."


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.6Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

 

 

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A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

 

Grades 4-8

 

Lexile: n/a AR: 4.7

 

From the Publisher: Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck's about to change. A "word collector," Felicity sees words everywhere---shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog's floppy ears---but Midnight Gulch is the first place she's ever seen the word "home."


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.6Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

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King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan

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King for a Day [Rukhsana Khan, Christiane Kromer] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Basant is here, with feasts and parties to celebrate the arrival of spring. But what Malik is looking forward to most is doing battle from his rooftop with Falcon
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King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan

 

Grades K-5

 

Lexile: 600

 

Features a main character determined to win a kite flying contest and overcome any limits placed on him from his wheelchair. Especially appropriate for third grade. From the Publisher: Basant is here, with feasts and parties to celebrate the arrival of spring. But what Malik is looking forward to most is doing battle from his rooftop with Falcon, the special kite he has built for speed. Today is Malik's chance to be the best kite fighter, the king of Basant.

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How the Meteorite got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland

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How the Meteorite got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland

 

Grades 1-5

Lexile: n/a AR: 5.8

 

An example of literary non-fiction, appropriate for a read aloud. The series includes other titles about museums. From the Publisher: This science-as-entertainment book chronicles how a meteorite ended up in the American Museum of Natural History, detailing the steps that brought it from outer space, across the eastern US, to the roof of a car in Peekskill, New York, and thereafter to be verified, tested, and exhibited in the hallowed halls of the AMNH.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
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Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids by Deborah Ellis

Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids by Deborah Ellis | Common Core (Better-than or just as good as) Exemplar Texts | Scoop.it
In an invaluable, eye-opening narrative history, Ellis (the Breadwinner series) presents interviews with dozens of youth ages nine to 18 from among the 565 federally recognized Native tribes in the Un
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Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids by Deborah Ellis

 

Grades 9-12

 

Lexile: HL780L

 

Presents a collection of interviews with Native American children aged nine to eighteen from North America, focusing on their daily lives, what interests them and what it means to be Native American.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.6

Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.

 

 

 

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The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

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In “The Port Chicago 50,” Steve Sheinkin tells the story of African-American sailors who were tried for mutiny in 1944.
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The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

 

Grades 6-10

 

Lexile: 950L

 

On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering windows up to a mile away. On August 9th, 244 men refused to go back to work until unsafe and unfair conditions at the docks were addressed. When the dust settled, fifty were charged with mutiny, facing decades in jail and even execution.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3 Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

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The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

 

Grades 6-10

 

Lexile: 950L

 

On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering windows up to a mile away. On August 9th, 244 men refused to go back to work until unsafe and unfair conditions at the docks were addressed. When the dust settled, fifty were charged with mutiny, facing decades in jail and even execution.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3 Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

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Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices: Various by Mitali Perkins

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Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices [Various, Mitali Perkins] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Using humor as the common denominator, a multicultural cast of YA authors steps up to the mic to share stories touching on race. Listen in as ten YA authors -- some familiar
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Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices: Various by Mitali Perkins

 

Grades 6-10

 

Lexile: 810L

 

Listen in as ten YA authors — some familiar, some new — use their own brand of humor to share their stories about growing up between cultures. Henry Choi Lee discovers that pretending to be a tai chi master or a sought-after wiz at math wins him friends for a while — until it comically backfires. A biracial girl is amused when her dad clears seats for his family on a crowded subway in under a minute flat, simply by sitting quietly in between two uptight white women. Edited by acclaimed author and speaker Mitali Perkins, this collection of fiction and nonfiction uses a mix of styles as diverse as their authors, from laugh-out-loud funny to wry, ironic, or poingnant, in prose, poetry, and comic form.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.6

Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.

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Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices: Various by Mitali Perkins

 

Grades 6-10

 

Lexile: 810L

 

Listen in as ten YA authors — some familiar, some new — use their own brand of humor to share their stories about growing up between cultures. Henry Choi Lee discovers that pretending to be a tai chi master or a sought-after wiz at math wins him friends for a while — until it comically backfires. A biracial girl is amused when her dad clears seats for his family on a crowded subway in under a minute flat, simply by sitting quietly in between two uptight white women. Edited by acclaimed author and speaker Mitali Perkins, this collection of fiction and nonfiction uses a mix of styles as diverse as their authors, from laugh-out-loud funny to wry, ironic, or poingnant, in prose, poetry, and comic form.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.6

Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.

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The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

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Available in: NOOK Book (eBook), Paperback, Hardcover, Audiobook. Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was pr
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The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

 

Grades 9-12

 

Lexile: 930L

 

From the publisher: Varsity tennis captain, Ezra Faulkner, was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before—before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with unpredictable new girl Cassidy Thorpe.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.5

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

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Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers

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Darius & Twig, By Walter Dean Myers, a Hardcover title from Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers

 

Grades 9-12

 

Lexile: n/a

 

From the publisher: Darius and Twig are an unlikely pair: Darius is a writer whose only escape is his alter ego, a peregrine falcon named Fury, and Twig is a middle-distance runner striving for athletic success. But they are drawn together in the struggle to overcome the obstacles that life in Harlem throws at them. The two friends must face down bullies, an abusive uncle, and the idea that they'll be stuck in the same place forever.


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Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

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The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee

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The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee High School    Knopf    281 pp. 10/13    978-0-375-85645-7    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-95645-4    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-449-81821-3    $9.99 Self-contained, morose fifteen-year-old Rose and her alcoholic father arrive in Australian beach town Leonora, and it seems like they may actually stay put for a spell, for once. Rose enrolls in school and …
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The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee

 

Grades 9-12

 

Lexile: HL710L

 

Rose, nearly sixteen, is used to traveling around with her alcoholic father but connects with the people of a small, coastal Australian town, especially classmate Pearl and reclusive Edie, who teaches her to sew a magical dress for the Harvest Festival while a mystery unfolds around them.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.3

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. 


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A Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master

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In this highly charged and poignant debut novel set in 1947, first published in the U.K., 13-year-old narrator Bilal works hard to conceal the impending partition of India, which resulted in the creat
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A Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master

 

Grades 9-12

 

Lexile: 790L

 

From the publisher: In India in 1947 the country is coming apart--and so is thirteen-year-old Bilal's life. He is determined to protect his dying father from the news of Partition, news that he knows will break his father's heart. With spirit and determination, and with the help of his good friends, Bilal builds an elaborate deception, even printing false pages of the local newspaper to hide the signs of national unrest. All Bilal wants is for his father to die in peace. But that means Bilal has a very complicated relationship with the truth. This extraordinarily rich debut novel brings to life a key moment in history and touches on the importance of tolerance, love and family.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.2

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

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Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice by Catherine Lewis

Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice by Catherine Lewis | Common Core (Better-than or just as good as) Exemplar Texts | Scoop.it
Using the nursery rhyme about three blind mice, Lewis has created a background story as she uses their tale to define selected literary elements.
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Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice by Catherine Lewis

 

Grades: 6-10

 

Lexile: 850L

 

Uses the "Three Blind Mice" nursery rhyme to illustrate key elements of writing and literature, including plot, mechanics, foreshadowing, point of view, character, style, and dialogue.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9-10.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

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Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice by Catherine Lewis

 

Grades: 6-10

 

Lexile: 850L

 

Uses the "Three Blind Mice" nursery rhyme to illustrate key elements of writing and literature, including plot, mechanics, foreshadowing, point of view, character, style, and dialogue.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9-10.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

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The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons tha...
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The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

 

Grades 9-12

 

Lexile: HL720L

 

For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.5 Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

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The Brontë Sisters by Catherine Reef

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The Children's Book Guild. A professional organization of authors, illustrators and children's literature specialists



promoting high standards in children's literature since 1945.
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The Brontë Sisters by Catherine Reef

 

Grades 6-10

 

Lexile: 1080L

 

From the publisher: In this sometimes heartbreaking young adult biography, Catherine Reef explores the turbulent lives of these literary siblings and the oppressive times in which they lived. Brontë fans will also revel in the insights into their favorite novels, the plethora of poetry, and the outstanding collection of more than sixty black-and-white archival images. A powerful testimony to the life of the mind.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.

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The Brontë Sisters by Catherine Reef

 

Grades 6-10

 

Lexile: 1080L

 

From the publisher: In this sometimes heartbreaking young adult biography, Catherine Reef explores the turbulent lives of these literary siblings and the oppressive times in which they lived. Brontë fans will also revel in the insights into their favorite novels, the plethora of poetry, and the outstanding collection of more than sixty black-and-white archival images. A powerful testimony to the life of the mind.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.