Tag Archives | Historical Fiction

Poetry Friday: Karen Hesse

In the audio clip below, author Karen Hesse reads from her Newbery-winning novel Out of the Dust (Scholastic, 1997), which is written as a poetry cycle. Hesse shares a poem that describes a rare rain during the time of the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s. This is an excellent audio resource to demonstrate the creative […]

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Guest Blogger: Author Avi

Historical fiction is a complex genre. It can strive to be as absolutely accurate as the writer can make it (as I attempted in Crispin: Cross of Lead) or it may go no further than to create a general sense of time and place (as in Midnight Magic). The work that is merely dressed up […]

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Guest Blogger: Author Sharon M. Draper

I went to Ghana several years ago and was overwhelmed by the beauty of the land and people, as well as the history of the place that hovered just out of reach. When I visited the slave castles, where millions of Africans were housed like cattle before being shipped as cargo and sold as slaves, […]

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Karen Hesse and Matt Phelan discover the Dust Bowl

Everyone in education has heard about different learning styles; some of the most prominent are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Perhaps educators have even considered their own learning style and how it influences teaching. But, has consideration ever been given to how these learning styles impact inspiration, interest, and research for a project that follows the […]

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Announcing the Coretta Scott King Book Award
Online Curriculum Resource Center

  In Conjunction With the 40th Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Award, TeachingBooks.Net Launches an Extraordinary, Free Curriculum Resource Center For Educators and Families Maya Angelou and Jerry Pinkney Among the More than 250 Original Audio Interviews and Recordings Chicago, IL (July 13, 2009)  On the eve of the 40th anniversary celebration of […]

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What we wish for …

TeachingBooks.net recently created three new Book Readings with Newbery Award-winning author, Richard Peck. One of the special things about the Original Book Readings we make in-house at TeachingBooks, is that they actually contain more than just book excerpts being read aloud. TeachingBooks.net’s Original Book Readings feature the authors themselves speaking about the backstory and inspiration […]

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Putting some mystery back into history

A few weeks ago I spoke with author M.T. Anderson to create an original Book Reading and an Author Name Pronunciation.  While speaking with M.T., I realized something simple yet powerful—writers are inventors!  Authors are idea people, and because of this it is delightful to learn the stories behind their stories, to discover how their […]

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