Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Author studies and Fairy Tales

Using fairy tales written by the same author to conduct an author study with students would be fun and truly engaging to students.

A wonderful site for Fairy Tales is SuLaLune fairy tale pages. Here authors of multiple fairy tales are compiled and parts of the fairy tale are shown.

Fairy Tales and Their Authors
Hans Christian Andersen
Asbjornsen and Moe
Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy
Giambattista Basile
Thomas Crane
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Joseph Jacobs
Charles Perrault
Oscar Wilde

Many of these tales are international and multicultural. The annotated tales include links, annotations, a history of the tales, illustrations and similar tales across cultures. I found the cross cultural designation a wonderful resource. For tales such as Cinderella a listing of similar international tales is compiled.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Web English Teacher

Web English Teacher is a wonderful site worth checking out. Web English Teacher presents the best of K-12 English/Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, WebQuests, videos, biography, e-texts, criticism, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities, etc.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Sharon Draper

A creator, educator, and a visionary. Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a three-time winner of the Coretta Scot King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She was selected as Ohio's Outstanding High School Language Arts Educator, Ohio Teacher of the Year, and was chosen as a NCNW Excellence in Teaching Award winner. If that hasn't impressed you she is a fabulous writer. Sharon Draper has been compared with Walter Dean Myers because of the themes and charters throughout her books for students. Her writing is wonderful and will engage any reader. Her titles are encouraged for third graders to young adults (18). She writes poetry as well as books for teachers. Draper's official site is magnificent! It offers teachers guides, a list of the books that she has written, opportunities for school visits, home work help, and a biography.

Monday, November 14, 2005

In anticipation for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

Why not create an author study featuring J.K. Rowling? Her official site is extremely interactive and imaginative.

Did you know...In early September Harry Potter became available in audio digital files through Apple iTunes.

Some other sources to visit are:

Scholastic.comHarry Potter- Go inside the best-selling series to learn more about Harry Potter and his world through wizarding games, a discussion chamber where you can share ideas ...

JK Rowling- Rowling answers questions about her life, her books, and writing in general.

JK Rowling Teacher Resource File- JK Rowling page with Harry Potter, biography, and lesson plans links.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - The Official Site- to understand all of the hype!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Bibliotherapy with Children: Tips & Resources

Tips from Doll and Doll. 1997. Bibliotherapy with Young People. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

  1. Work with a child psychologist or school counselor. Get to know and understand the child/children before selecting materials. Don’t assume you know and understand.
  2. Become familiar with good quality materials which show characters coping successfully with problems familiar to children.
  3. The indirect approach may well be best. (A child coping with parental divorce may not want to read about divorce. A story about an animal or child coping with loss of another kind may be better accepted.)
  4. The material should be realistic but should have a hopeful outcome. (No magical solutions!)
  5. The child should have an opportunity to share his/her reactions to the material with the librarian, media specialist, child psychologist, or school counselor.

Lutra Press publishes a number of useful books, including Cheryl Coon’s Books to Grow With. Click on Newsletter to see current and back issues of the Books to Grow With Newsletter. The Newsletter presents interviews with people involved in bibliotherapy as well as book lists.

Bibliotherapy and Children’s Books

LD Online: Bibliotherapy

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

ProQuest Learning: Literature

ProQuest Learning: Literature delivers more than 180,000 searchable works of literature from medieval times to the present. Students can find author biographies, contemporary criticism, reviews, and multimedia resources organized into more than 3,000 Author Pages. ProQuest Learning: Literature also features 40+ searchable full-text literary journals and magazines for the latest in literary criticism.

Scroll down the page and discover...Free online training , as well as, a quick start guide to get you started.

This is a great site for students and free trials are available for hands on access for you and your students.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Google Adds Print to Search Options

Within the past few years, Google has added Blog and catalog searching, SMS text messaging quick info, Google Earth, and can even be used from a mobile phone. Google seems to have cornered the market on one stop shopping for convenience. So what’s next?

Google has stated that its mission is to organize the world’s information and that its next task is to digitize book content and make it available within your Google search results. Google Print can be searched by visiting . Here you can browse, keyword search, or enter book titles and receive actual pages scanned from the book itself in return. Options that are included are “Buy this book”, book reviews, links to bookstores online, bibliographic data, as well as, “Find it at your Library.”

Ever so controversially Google has digitized book content from two sources, publishers and libraries. Some of the worlds most acclaimed research libraries such as the Universities of Michigan, Harvard, Stanford and Oxford and public libraries such as New York Public Library have contracted with Google to let their company scan much of their collection and make it available on the web. This contract has made academic material such as works of literature, government documents, and biographies available online.

Users can save individual pages as well as cut and past excerpts from the text. Printing from site has proved to be somewhat limited and must be done a single page at a time.

Google Print has marketed themselves to publishers in hopes that by scanning excerpts from newly released titles Google users will be prompted to buy the books.

The controversy arises in the arena of copyright. Should Google be allowed to scan copyrighted materials? How does this impact the fair use policy and copyright law? Is this vital to the future of research and scholarship?

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Children's Book Week: November 14-20, 2005

Children's Book Week introduces young people to new authors and ideas in schools, libraries, homes and bookstores. Through Children's Book Week, the Children's Book Council encourages young people and their caregivers to discover the complexity of the world beyond their own experience through books. Children's Book Week will be observed November 14-20, 2005.

The CBC also provides links to authors and illustrators of children's books from A to Z.

Cynthia Lietich Smith's Children's Literature Resource Center

The Children's Literature Resource Center includes a collection of pages which feature links to children's author and illustrator web sites and pages. Some are official, others are tributes or interviews. Check out some of the sites featured favorite picture books, early reader chapter books, middle grade and young adult novels or anthologies. Or focus on particular genres like fantasy and science fiction or dark fantasy and suspense. They have found topic areas like adoption, cats, or grandparent books. Fantanstic breadth of knowledge about multicultural titles, especially with regard to Native American (contemporary, historical, highlighting Native authors/illustrators), Asian American (Chinese, Japanese, Korean), interracial family themes.