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Giants Beware / The Scary Places Map Book

October 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in October | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Giants Beware / The Scary Places Map Book)

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Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre. Illustrated by Rafael Rosado. First Second, 2012

1. Claudette has little patience with the grown-ups in her town who are afraid to go after the giant. Why do you think the adults are so afraid? Why do they go after Claudette and her friends?

2. Everyone thinks the giant threatening the town is a “baby-feet-eating giant.” In the end, they discover it’s just a baby giant that loves tickling feet. How / why do you think the story about the giant got so turned around?

3. Gaston and Marie aren’t as brave as Claudette but they set off with her anyway. How does each of the three play a role in their success? Has there ever been a time in your life when you and friends or family members have all contributed in different ways to a project or journey’s success?

 

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The Scary Places Map Book: Seven Terrifying Tours by B. G. Hennessy. Illustrated by Erwin Madrid. Candlewick Press, 2012

1. All of the maps in this books have several features in common. Name at least two things that all of them share.

2. What are three of the dangers to watch out for in “The Land of the Golden Apples”?

3. Who is Mabel in the Western Territories? What does she carry in her pack?

4. If you were designing a scary place, what would it include?

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Each Kindness

October 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | October | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Each Kindness)

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Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin, 2012

1. Why do you think Chloe ignores Maya?

2. What do you think Chloe’s teacher is trying to show them about kindness?

3. How does the ending of the story make you feel?Why?

4. What do you think Chloe will do if another new student joins their class? What in the story makes you think this?

 

 

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The Pregnancy Project

October 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in October | High School | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on The Pregnancy Project)

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The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzer. Simon & Schuster, 2012

1. What were some of the events in her family that made Gaby so adamant about not becoming a teen mom?

2. How would you have felt if you were one of Gaby’s friends or family when she announced her pregnancy was a hoax?

3. Gaby says: “Could it be that people don’t want others to beat stereotypes? Could it be that people who don’t fit the mold make it uncomfortable for others to hold on to their prejudices?” What do you think?

 

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Dog in Boots / I’m the Best

September 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | September | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Dog in Boots / I’m the Best)

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  Dog in Boots by Greg Gormley. Illustrated by Roberta Angaramo. Holiday House, 2011
1. Why do you think all the different kinds of boots and shoes and other things Dog tries aren’t right for him?

2. Do you think you can do everything with your bare feet that Dog can do with his paws? Why or why not?

3. Which of the footwear Dog tries do you like the best? Why?

 

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I’m the Best by Lucy Cousins. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2010

1. Why do you think Dog shows off and brags?

2. In what ways do you think that Dog is a good friend?

3. In what ways do you think Ladybug, Mole, Goose, and Donkey are good friends?

 

Poems to pair from Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007:
“Dressing Too Quickly” by Jill Townsend, p. 14
“My Puppy” by Aileen Fisher, p. 36
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Wonder

September 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in September | Middle School | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Wonder)

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012

1. The kids on Auggie’s welcoming committee have been hand-picked by the principal. Why do you think the kids the principal picked aren’t all as welcoming as the principal might have wished? How do you think you would respond if you were a member of Auggie’s welcoming committee?

2. Jack and Summer both want to be good friends to Auggie but each one struggles in different ways. What do you think is Jack’s biggest challenge? What about Summer’s? How does Auggie respond to each of them?

3. What do you think is gained by telling Auggie’s story from so many different points of view? Which character’s perspective did you appreciate the most, and why?

 

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Rain School / Our Seasons

September 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in September | Primary (Grades K-2) | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Rain School / Our Seasons)

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Rain School by James Rumford. Houghton Mifflin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010

1. Why is Thomas so excited to be starting school? What are you looking forward to this year at school?

2. What are three things about Thomas’s school in the story that are similar to our/your school?

3. What are three things about Thomas’s school in the story that are different from our/your school?

 

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Our Seasons by Ranida T. McKneally. Ill by Grace Lin. Charlesbridge, 2006

1. What is your favorite season? What is something you learned about your favorite season from this book?

2. Which did you like reading/listening to more? The facts about each season or the poems Why?

3. The illustrations in the book show what is happening in each of the poems. How do the poems and illustrations connect to the information/facts on each page?

 

 

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Malcolm at Midnight

September 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in September | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Malcolm at Midnight)

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Malcolm at Midnight by W. H. Beck. Illustrated by Brian Lies. Houghton Mifflin, 2012

1. Malcolm gets involved in several different mysteries over the course of the story—Aggy’s disappearance, the missing ring, the cat on the fourth floor. How are these all connected?

2. How would you describe Honey Bunny (HB)? Why is he so distrustful of Malcolm? How does his opinion of Malcolm change by story’s end? How does your opinion of Honey Bunny change by story’s end?

3. What changes between Amelia and Jovahn by story’s end? Why does it change? Are there specific things that happen that make a difference in their relationship?

 

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

September 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in September | High School | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Amulet / Abrams, 2012

1. Greg tries to tell the reader he is not upset over Rachel’s death when he clearly is. What are ways the author makes clear through Greg’s actions that he finds what is happening to Rachel upsetting? What other things in his life does Greg try to deceive the reader about?

2. How did the use of humor affect you as you read a book about a dying girl? Can you point to one or two specific scenes where you thought the humor was surprising or especially effective?

3. If you had the chance to make a movie about one of your friends, whom would you choose and why? What are some scenes you would want to film, or information you would want to include, and what would these reveal about your subject?

 

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in High School | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime)

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightttime by Mark Haddon. U.S. edition: Vintage, 2004

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Code Talker

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in High School | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Code Talker)

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Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac. Dial, 2005

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Rash

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in High School | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Rash)

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Rash by Pete Hautman. Simon & Schuster, 2006

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Miracle’s Boys

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Middle School | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Miracle’s Boys)

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Miracles Boys by Jacqueline Woodson. Putnam, 2000

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