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Building Classroom Libraries: Classroom Bookshelf Tips for the Start to the School Year

  Paolo Freire and Donald Macedo wrote that “Literacy is the language of possibility.” At The Classroom Bookshelf, it’s no surprise that we love children’s and young adult literature. We also love the start of the school year as a time full of possibility for what literacy instruction will look and feel like in your […]

Teaching to Complexity: A Framework to Evaluate Literary and Content-Area Texts

Teaching to Complexity: A Framework to Evaluate Literary and Content-Area TextsWritten by Mary Ann Cappiello and Erika Thulin Dawes Published by Shell Education, 2014 ISBN: 9781425814601 This week, we celebrate the publication of Erika and Mary Ann’s new book, Teaching to Complexity: A Framework to Evaluate Literary and Content-Area Texts. As we write in our […]

Teaching for Change and Social Justice

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! As we think about our goals for our students, we embrace the fact that we are not just teachers of academic content. We also want to support our students to be productive, responsible, and thoughtful citizens. Here at The Classroom Bookshelf, one of our goals is to feature selections […]

Children’s Books on Grief and Loss

We are reeling in response to the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. As we struggle to make sense of this loss, we are anticipating the questions that our children may have as our nation grieves over the next few days and weeks. One of our most immediate response is to begin to explore resources that […]

Skull in the Rock & Their Skeletons Speak

The Skull in the Rock Written by Marc Aronson and Lee Berger National Geographic, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4263-1010-2 Grades 6- 8  Book Review  “For Dr. Berger, it would have been enough to find that one special bone. But the clavicle was just the beginning. It was the rabbit hole beckoning Alice, the wardrobe flung open to […]

Teaching with Text Sets

This week, we celebrate the publication of Mary Ann and Erika’s book, Teaching with Text Sets. We wrote Teaching with Text Sets because we have witnessed the power of children’s literature to engage students, inspire deep content exploration, and differentiate instruction. We’ve also seen the potential for digital multimodal texts, like the kinds we regularly […]

Nonfiction and The Classroom Bookshelf

These days it seems that everybody is talking about the Common Core State Standards and nonfiction literature for children and young adults. We couldn’t be more ecstatic about this trend! It’s a fascinating world that we live in, and there is an equally fascinating range of literature for children and young adults to explore it. […]

Titanic

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson Scholastic Press, 2012 IBSN 978-0-545-11674-9 Grades 5-8 Book Review Rhoda Abbott. Olaus Jorgensen Abelseth. Lawrence Beesley. Frank Goldsmith. Charles Lightoller. Mother of two. Swedish immigrant turned South Dakota farmer. Science teacher. Nine year-old. Second officer on the RMS Titanic. All survivors of the disaster, and some of […]

Occupy the Blog

This week, The Classroom Bookshelf is doing something slightly different. Rather than review one book, or even two on a related topic, we will discuss a constellation of books and resources and how to use them in the classroom. We want to honor the work of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Our intention is to […]

Ten Years Ago: Remembering September 11, 2001

This week, The Classroom Bookshelf is offering a different format to provide you with resources to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001 in a way that is appropriate for your students, school, and community. It is early in the school year, and, just like teachers that very day ten years […]