Banned Books Week, September 22−28

Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read and battle censorship. The National Council of Teachers of English provides resources for teachers facing challenges to works used in their classrooms. They’ve also compiled a list of titles that have been challenged between 2004 and 2013. We’ve highlighted just a few of those that are popular classroom reads:

Fig. 1. This graph shows the number of book ch...

Fig. 1. This graph shows the number of book challenges from 2000-2005 and the most popular reasons for the challenges. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get Started with Tablets in Your Classroom

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A Tablet is Not a Computer

This is the most helpful premise to have when integrating a tablet into a classroom and one that often gets ignored. The purpose of a tablet is best thought of as a consumption and creation device, not a small computer. They are meant as a compliment to the computer, not a replacement.  Seeking to make one’s tablet a computer may lead to frustration as well as discount the strengths of the tablet. Start by considering what the tablet can do and how it can compliment your curriculum to engender active learning. Read on for great classroom tablet tips

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Reading Tracker Printable – Students and Teachers Editions!

We’ve produced a reading tracker worksheet for students to use to document their daily readings and for teachers to track progress. This serves to hold students accountable for their reading and gives them a tool to share with peers.

We’ve also produced a tracker for teachers to use to evaluate student progress. It contains several  rubrics with space to add your own.

Reading-TrackerClass Reading Tracker

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Back-to-School Goal Sheet

Back-to-School Goal Sheet

Here’s our second FREE printable worksheet. It’s a goal sheet for middle and high school students to identify their academic goals and steps to reaching them.

The goal sheet asks students to:

  • State an academic goal
  • Identify actions and steps to complete that goal
  • Describe what reaching that goal will look like
  • Timeline for reaching that goal
  • Anticipate challenges
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Character Map Printable Worksheet

Character Map Printable Worksheet

The new school year approaches and we’re creating our own sets of FREE printable worksheets for middle and high school teachers to use in classrooms. First up: Character Map. Stay tuned to this blog and our Pinterest page over the coming weeks for more free printables. Next week: a worksheet for analyzing symbolism.

Election 2012: Lesson Plans and Tools

November 6th is almost here.  The following are a list of election-related teaching resources. Discover more resources here.

The Newseum Digital Classroom’s interactive timeline for the 2012 Presidential Election traces the major media moments of “Decision 2012.” Newseum’s site also houses lesson plans as well as a glossary of relevant terms.

PBS Learning Media aggregates, curates, and contextualizes election-related resources for K-12 classrooms. Available resources encompass both current events for the 2012 Presidential Election and in-depth learning opportunities that can be used in any study of the U.S. government and election processes.

ReadWriteThink’s Election Day lesson plan provides framework for students in grades 3-12 to engage with the election through mock campaigning and essay-writing.

The Office of the Federal Register’s site has many resources on the election, with a particular emphasis onexplaining the electoral college.

The Library of Congress’ online repository is a source for many photos and historical data on Election Day throughout the years.

The New York Times’ The Learning Network collects teaching ideas and resources, providing excellent opportunities for using primary sources in the classroom.

Explore more resources on our Elections and Politics Pinterest board.

Social Justice Books

We’ve compiled and curated a list of well-regarded books useful as a tool for teaching students to draw direct connections to real world issues and encouraging them to become active global citizens.

The above is just a small sampling of the new paperback titles that we’ve curated on our dedicated Social Justice Pinterest board. Check it out for more ideas for titles to integrate into your curriculum.

SAVE 35% off paperbacks when purchasing 10 or more copies. Explore titles and discounts now at Adams Book Company’s main site.