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Prime Baby / Smile

October 1st, 2011 | Posted by in October | Middle School | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Prime Baby / Smile)

Primae Baby Cover

Prime Baby by Gene Luen Yang. First Second / Roaring Brook Press, 2010

Smile Cover

 

Smile by Raina Telgemeier. Graphix, 2010

 

1. In what ways can you relate to Thaddeus in Prime Baby?
2. How do Raina’s experiences in Smile make her stronger?
3. How does the graphic novel format enhance each story?

 

Books for Middle School Age

 

 

 

This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness

October 1st, 2011 | Posted by in October | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness)

This Is Just to Say Book Cover

This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness by Joyce Sidman.
Houghton Mifflin, 2007

1. What makes apologizing difficult?
2. When is it easier to forgive someone? When is it hard?
3. Has there been a time recently when you’ve had to apologize or forgive someone?Icon for the Intermediate (Grades 3-5) readers

Always Listen to Your Mother

October 1st, 2011 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | October | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Always Listen to Your Mother)

Always Listen to Your Mother Book Cover

Always Listen to Your Mother by Florence Parry Heide and Roxanne Heide Pierce. Illustrated by Kyle M. Stone. Disney / Hyperion, 2010

1. How are the mothers in the book the same? How are they different?
2. What might happen if Vlapid went to Ernest’s house?
3. What kinds of things are you expected to do at home?

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