My First Science Journal

My First Science Journal is perfect for primary Next Generation Science Standards experiments lessons and learning fun Students learn by doing and this journal allows space for even our youngest learners

Slave Narratives for Common Core State Standard Analysis: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas: An American Slave Full Text and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Slave Narratives for Common Core State Standards Analysis Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas An American Slave Full Text and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights contains chapter by chapter critical thinking questions and essay prompts to help hone higher order thinking skills in students and all readers as they study imperative primary source documents to discover history in America and its role in shaping our national and global perspective In this series literacy across the curriculum comes alive as students discover slavery from the words of freed and fugitive slaves Students define what it means to be free as they analyze think and write through documents on slavery as compared to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and their own personal experiences

My Four Step Math Journal

My Four Step Solution Journal contains graph pages on the right and Four Step Solution templates on the left This journal is designed to bring upper elementary and middle school students into the mathematical learning process and actively engage them in understanding math in both an academic context and the context of the real world Writing about math as they think through the process and document activities is a great way for students to truly understand math And the Four Step Solution template is a great tool for working through problems in groups pairs or alone These interactive notebooks help students become creative independent thinkers while providing just enough structure to foster confidence and move students towards math understanding

One Summer in Geneva 1816: Frankenstein, the Vampyre and Other Collected Works

In Mary Godwin Shelley and poet philosopher Percy Shelley traveled to Geneva Switzerland to spend the summer with their friend Lord Byron They whiled away their time on the waterfront boating writing and talking late into many summer nights This was the summer in which Frankenstein was conceived Research suggests that Mary Percy Lord Byron and Byron s guest physician and writer John Polidori decided at the suggestion of Lord Byron to have a competition to see who could write the best supernatural story It seems the summer was rainy and the group spent many hours amusing themselves reading German ghost stories and were thusly inspired Shortly thereafter Mary Godwin had a waking dream and Frankenstein was born Mary was years old Also born of the same competition was the most famous of John Polidori s works The Vampyre This story was originally credited to Lord Byron however both he and Polidori attested it was indeed conceived and written by Polidori Contained within this publication Mary Shelley s Frankenstein John Polidori s The Vampyre plus an excerpt from The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley by Julian Marshall and an excerpt from the Selected English Letters XV XIX arranged by M Duckitt and H Wragg

Math: Problem Solving Journal

The Math Problem Solving Journal contains grid pages on the left for note taking and problems and Problem Solving Templates on the right The Problem Solving Templates are designed to bring students into the mathematical learning process and actively engage them in understanding the math in both an academic context and in the context of the real world This page journal complements every standards based math curriculum and becomes a student built tool that furthers math understanding and promotes critical thinking Students take ownership of the learning process and pride in their journal creation An active learning tool for excellence

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Jim Crow Laws: Including: Plessy V. Ferguson and Literary Non-Fiction for Common Core State Standards Compa

This is an unaltered version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The text is not scrubbed of words we find offensive but were part of the context in which the novel was written Also included for the sake of historical comparison is a commentary on and examples of the Jim Crow laws inclusive of an overview of Plessy v Fergeson Justice Brown s Opinion and Justice Harlan s Dissent as well as an article from The Journal of Negro History Fifty Years of Negro Citizenship by C G Woodson These texts are designed to help readers understand the time in which Mark Twain wrote this classic novel and serve as a way to connect the tone and symbols of Huck Finn to the world as it existed when the story was penned by Twain Controversy of Words Mark Twain once said the difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is written in the voice of the boy Huck It begins where Tom Sawyer leaves off It is a tale of friendship and the hypocracy of racism The novel was written in and is set in pre Civil War America The writer did not defend slavery but depicted the period s bigotry and made the moral center of the novel a white boy s choice to help a slave escape from bondage The words within the text of the novel are Twain s It is a dangerous precedence to alter an author s words especially those written at a given point of time and under a specific set of circumstances In a conversation with a Civil Rights Leader in the early s I learned never to scrub history but to shout it from the rooftops as that is the only way in which we can learn and grow from our mistakes History happened Slavery in American happened Whole races of people were sold into bondage both white and black men ripped these men women and children from their homelands and delivered them into a life of misery and servitude Twain did not make that up and by changing his words by scrubbing his literature we miss the opportunity to educate our children and the society as a whole on what life was like how people lived and spoke and then brainstorm creative solutions to prevent similar situation from reoccurring What I am referring to is the n word controversy and the word s appearance along with the word Injun within one of the most overtly anti racist books written For the record these words should cause controversy because they are offensive and should not be spoken The n word should cause discomfort in st century readers and should stimulate conversation and spark discussion If it does not that is when we are in trouble and that is why we can t allow history to be altered to the norms of today s political correctness We cannot become passive to the wrongdoings of our ancestors we must learn from them and grow as one culture moving forward forging common experiences out of our collective and different past experiences So I challenge you to teach this book in the context of eradicating racism I challenge you to understand Twain s anti Reconstruction world and the rise of the Jim Crow laws and the influence of Plessy v Ferguson and help to do your part to ensure all understand the challenges we face and the reality of forever moving forward in our quest for equality

The Illusive Emily: Wuthering Heights and Other Readings

Emily Bronte is the fifth youngest of six children and the sister of Charlotte Bronte Emily was shy and kept much to herself thus little is known about her except that which came from her sisters She had few friends outside of her family Her literary sister Charlotte was the primary source of information about her Aside from Wuthering Heights and her poetry two journal entries two birthday letters and two letters to a childhood friend are all that remain in Emily s hand They are all included within and provide the reader insight into the life of the Illusive Emily Included Within Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte About Emily Bronte Excerpts From Hearts of Controversy Reprinted from an Essay in the Dublin Review July Sept By Alice Meynell London Burns amp Oates A Literary Critique Charlotte and Emily Bronte Eminent Women Series Edited by John H Emily Bronte by A Mary F Robinson London W H Allen and Company Insight into Emily All She Left Behind

Little Women

The iconic novel comes alive with SAT infused vocabulary Interactive Reader edition also available with Common Core State Standards aligned cross curricular lessons for grades

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The ageless tale of Dorothy Scarecrow and her friends comes to life with infused vocabulary perfect for SAT and Common Core State Standards test prep The original L Frank Baum classic comes to life in this edition infused with vocabulary by Jessup Mills

Little Women, Part 1, with Extended Readings

Louisa May Alcott s iconic semi autobiographic tale of Meg Jo Beth and Amy comes to life with infused vocabulary and non fiction passages ready for Common Core State Standards high order thinking activities This is part one of Little Women and an edition that should not be missed as it provides insight into the characters of the novel as well as into the life of the author Read passages from Alcott s journals enjoy letters her father wrote to her on birthdays and Christmas and discover the author s days as a Civil War nurse Extended Readings Include I Excerpt from Little Women Letters From the House of Alcott Originally published by Little Brown and Company This excerpt is from a collection of personal Alcott family letters poems and writings II Excerpt from Louisa May Alcott Dreamer and Worker by Belle Moses Originally published by D Appleton and Company III Excerpt from Louisa May Alcott Her Life Letters and Journals Edited by Ednah D Cheney Originally published by Little Brown and Company Chapter VII Hospital Sketches All of the above are in the public domain