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|Nonfiction Monday is hosted by Anastasia Suen at Booktalking|
In the picture book/nonfiction realm, I read Dolores Huerta: A Hero To Migrant Workers, written by Sarah Warren and illustrated by Robert Casilla:
Here Dolores speaks about what motivated her to begin her work:
For her work, Huerta was awarded the 2011 Medal of Freedom, and she speaks eloquently about her life's work here:
Finally, I've begun all the professional reading I'd set aside for the summer. First, I'm participating in a Google Group discussion of Penny Kittle's Write Beside Them - a teacher-written guide to high school writing workshop. We're taking this a few chapters at a time, and I find that this is a wonderful forum for meaningful professional development - it's great to be able to share ideas and raise questions together.
I'm also reading Pathways to the Common Core by Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth and Christopher Lehman. This guide to the CCSS is refreshingly clearly laid out, sensible and optimistic. Before I begin looking at my curricular map for next year, I want to really educate myself about the CCSS, and I love the way this book goes about allowing me to do so. I wish I had thought to start a Google Discussion group or something about this title as well....this is a book that needs to be digested slowly and talked over, too! Oh well....