Friday, April 29, 2011

Why were the 17th century metaphysical poets so called? - by Alex Sharp - Helium

Why were the 17th century metaphysical poets so called? - by Alex Sharp - Helium: "The metaphysical poets of the 17th century used metaphors to make abstractions seem more concrete. This group of poets included John Donne, Andrew Marvell, and John Wilmot, the naughty Earl of Rochester."

Best free educational worksheets online - by Alex Sharp - Helium

Best free educational worksheets online - by Alex Sharp - Helium: "There are some free classroom worksheet websites that every teacher should bookmark because they consistently offer a wide selection of high quality, interesting worksheets and fun sheets. Each of these sites offers free, printable worksheets; they are not mere previews that you then have to buy to access."

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Wedding Resources for Teachers to Use in Enrichment Lessons

Royal Wedding Resources for Teachers to Use in Enrichment Lessons: " and Junior Scholastic offer a lot of resources available for teachers who want to use the excitement about the royal wedding to generate some thought provoking discussions about the monarchy"

Friday, April 22, 2011

Barnes and Noble nook free Friday book 4-22

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson. Remember, Amazon matches the price. Usually.

- Be of Good Cheer!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Barnes & Noble Selects Children's Novel for the Barnes & Noble Recommends Program "Main Selection": Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

First Time That a Children's Novel Has Been Chosen Since the Program Launched Over Four Years Ago

New York, NY - April 5, 2011 - Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller, today announced that Gary D. Schmidt's new novel, Okay for Now (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is the latest "Main Selection" and the first-ever children's novel chosen for the Barnes & Noble Recommends program since it was launched more than four years ago. The book is on sale now and can be purchased at any Barnes & Noble store, online at Barnes & (, or instantly downloaded on the NOOK(TM) family of eBook Readers (

Out of the thousands of books considered for Recommends, Okay for Now was chosen because it is a stirring novel with an artistic touch that transcends age. The Barnes & Noble Recommends program celebrates books that are "unputdownable" and sure to be unforgettable.

"This is a powerful story that will stay with the reader. It transcends time in the same way as The Outsiders and The Giver," said Mary Amicucci, vice president of children's books at Barnes & Noble. "It's about people learning how to care for each other by seeing beyond what's on the surface. Through incredible characters and a compelling story, everyone can relate to and connect with Okay for Now."

Doug Swieteck tells the reader, "Joe Pepitone once gave me his New York Yankees baseball cap. I'm not lying. He gave it to me. To me, Doug Swieteck. To me." And so begins Okay for Now. When Doug's older brother steals his prized possession - a baseball cap signed by Doug's favorite baseball player, Yankees first baseman Joe Pepitone - Doug is convinced things can't get worse. But they do. Instead of tickets to a Yankees game, Doug's father brings home a black eye, a pink slip, and the news that the Swietecks are leaving Long Island and moving to a small town in upstate New York. Though it's 1968 and NASA's getting closer to putting a man on the moon, Doug is anxious about his family's move to a 'dump' of a house in the boondocks, and facing eighth grade at a new school with no friends. Without Joe Pepitone, he's convinced the odds are stacked against him - until he meets a girl on a bike named Lil, and a flock of colorful birds from the plates in John James Audubon's Birds of America.

Schmidt masterfully weaves multiple themes of loss and recovery, art and inventiveness, truth and lies, in a story filled with distinctive characters and a narrative told through Audubon's bird drawings.

- Be of Good Cheer!