Writing to Explore

Author: David Somoza
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 9781571107879
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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In Writing to Explore, David and Peter demonstrate how to teach adventure writing, which integrates nonfiction and fiction and motivates students to write with imagination, curiosity, and a hunger to learn everything about their topic. The book starts with a solid foundation in the basics of good writing: setting descriptions, writing atmosphere, and character development. The authors then explore the specific elements of adventure writing--from setting the stage to conducting research; from combining history and geography to effectively utilizing technology. The result is an adventure-based paper that is "rooted in real places, supported by facts, and developed with detailed description of images from real locations." Teachers will find handouts, sample activities, student writing examples, research sources, and tips to help them create a nonfiction writing program based around the adventure writing model. Research papers don't have to be boring to read or to write. This book will show you how to get vibrant papers from your students--papers that teach both reader and writer something new.

Exemplary Instruction in the Middle Grades

Author: Diane Lapp
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 1462502954
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Offering fresh alternatives to common instructional practices that fail to get results, this accessible, highly practical guide highlights ways to motivate middle school students while enhancing content-area learning. Each chapter features an enlightening case study of a teacher whose current strategies are not supported by research; describes effective instructional alternatives, illustrated with concrete examples; and lists online resources and lesson examples. Emphasis is given to supporting critical engagement with texts and drawing on technology and new literacies. The book covers specific content areas—including science, social studies, math, and literature—as well as ways to teach oral literacy and writing across the curriculum.

Discovering the World of Geography Grades 6 7

Author: Myrl Shireman
Publisher: Mark Twain Media
ISBN: 1580377904
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Explore the world with students in grades 6–7 using Discovering the World of Geography. This 128-page book helps students use geographical knowledge and skills to interpret and analyze data. This text covers topics including political geography, populations, climates of the hemispheres, agriculture, and natural resources. The book presents information through activities such as maps, charts, diagrams, and graphs that support National Geography Standards. The book also includes assessments and answer keys.

Discovering the World of Geography Grades 5 6

Author: Myrl Shireman
Publisher: Mark Twain Media
ISBN: 1580377912
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Explore the world with students in grades 5–6 using Discovering the World of Geography. This 128-page book helps students use geographical knowledge and skills to interpret and analyze data. This text covers topics including the physical features of the United States, climates, latitude and longitude, the American Revolution, the Mexican War, the Civil War, WWI, and WWII. The book presents information through activities such as maps, charts, diagrams, and graphs that support National Geography Standards. It also includes assessments and answer keys.

Research Grades 6 12

Author: Teddy Meister
Publisher: Mark Twain Media
ISBN: 1580374263
Format: PDF
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Build reference skills for students in grades 4 and up using Research: Ready-to-Go Topics for Building Reference Skills. This 64-page book is perfect for classroom centers, unit launches, small- and large-group activities, and take-home assignments. The activities can be used in any order and with the ongoing curriculum. Students write reports, prepare presentations, and delve into related topics from science, history, geography, math, geology, and everyday themes.

How to be an Explorer of the World

Author: Keri Smith
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780399534607
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Encouraging readers to explore the world around in the roles of artists and scientists, an interactive handbook explains how to observe and document the science and art of everyday life. Original.

MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing

Author: Modern Language Association of America
Publisher: Modern Language Assn of Amer
ISBN:
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Provides information on stylistic aspects of research papers, theses, and dissertations, including sections on writing fundamentals, MLA documentation style, and copyright law.

Jumpstarters for Vocabulary Building Grades 4 8

Author: Cindy Barden
Publisher: Mark Twain Media
ISBN: 1580373860
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Advance student vocabulary using Jumpstarters for Vocabulary: Short Daily Warm-Ups for the Classroom for grades 4 and up! This 48-page resource covers dictionary skills, confusing words, homophones, antonyms, synonyms, words from mythology, and foreign words and phrases. It includes five warm-ups per reproducible page, answer keys, and suggestions for use.

The Voyage of the Beagle

Author: Charles Darwin
Publisher:
ISBN:
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This is Charles Darwin's chronicle of his five-year journey, beginning in 1831, around the world as a naturalist on the H.M.S. Beagle.

Dragon Songs

Author: Vladimir Dinets
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1628722983
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A born naturalist and a fearless traveler, Vladimir Dinets wrote travel guides, conducted field research, and lived a couple of lives before he was accepted into the PhD program in zoology at the University of Miami. He thought crocodiles were a dead-end research topic—survivors from the age of the dinosaurs but not much else—until he witnessed groups of up to seventy alligators performing mating choruses that included infrasound vibrations—a form of communication extremely rare in nature—and a “dance” unknown in the scientific literature but that resembled a scene from Jurassic Park. To prove his thesis about the language of crocodiles, he spent the next six years traveling around the world on shoestring budgets and in extreme circumstances, studying almost every living species. At the same time, as a man desiring companionship in life, he sought love. With adventures on five continents, Dragon Songs is his account of this quest. It includes an escape from a boiling lava lake in the Afar Desert, being chased up a tree by a tiger in India, hitching a ride with a cocaine smuggler in Bolivia, and diving with giant Greenland sharks—all in the name of studying crocodiles, among which he routinely paddled in his inflatable kayak. Of course, not everything went according to plan. But, in the end, his ground-breaking research helped change the field. And during the course of his adventures, he met and courted his future wife.