"I've used Perfection Learning books in the past. Disadvantage: they're expensive. Advantage: good intervention teacher resources (great if this is a new teaching experience for you) and students loved the Passages books I taught (When…"
"I'm assuming (as this is the Brit Lit group) you're looking for British stories. If so I don't remember the book super well but Irvine Welsh is a wild writer (Trainspotting the movie was based on his book) - he has a short story…"
"A Day Without a Mexican might be a really interesting tie-in. Watch it first to make sure it would work for you, though. (P.S. My husband and I got to see Nickel and Dimed in play form at my alma mater; it was very interesting and well done. You…"
"Morgan Spurlock (of SuperSize me fame) had an excellent series on TV called "30 days". His first episode deals with how hard it is to live on unemployment benefit, with no other sources of income. I have used it in the past,…"
I'm working on a course with my students(Seniors) that examines the less pretty side of America. We will be reading excerpts from Nickle and Dimed - a nonfiction text where the author spends a year in different minimum wage jobs to see if a person can survive earning minimum wage. Any films that would be a useful/appropriate companion?All suggestions are appreciated. -lindsay See More
"Some books my lower-level students read (11th grade) and really, really enjoyed:
Sunrise Over Fallujah (Walter Dean Myers)
Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)
The Pact(Davis, Jenkins, Hunt) -- **NOT the Jodi Piccoult one
After the Wreck (Joyce Carol…"
"Definitely bring the graphic novels!! I recommend Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack by Hale and Hale, the Coraline GN illustrated by Russell, Into the Volcano by Wood, Flink and Ghostopolis by TenNapel, Prime Baby by Yang, the Maximum…"
"Just taught my first year of seventh grade after doing my first two in a high school. Some suggestions:
The Misfits (our district's 6th into 7th grade summer reading)
Flipped (relationships at the Middle School Level)
"Perfection Learning has many low-reading level (grades 3-6) high interest books that are good reads. (You'll need to be selective as you consider your students.) There's a series called Passages that has resources for those needing…"
"Great books for rising seventh graders:
Once by Morris Gleitzmann. Short - high interest but an easy read. Powerful.
Boy Overboard - this is actually also by Morris Gleitzmann. This my favorite read-aloud of all time. There's…"
It's so funny, but when I was researching for Reel World in 04-05 (I call it "research" for tax purposes and for getting out of doing the dishes, but it really just meant watching a whole bunch of films) I jokingly started a chapter titled, "Why conservatives don't make documentaries." I was trying so hard to be sure that the book had political and ideological balance that I spent a lot of time trying to find films with a conservative viewpoint, and it was HARD! At first, I thought the films weren't out there b/c of a lack of distribution, bias of film buyers at festivals, crazy left-wing PBS and HBO..., but in 04-05, I think that people on the right just weren't making many documentaries for reasons that never quite added up to a full chapter (or so that crazy left-wing NCTE thought!!).
ANYWAY, I did find a few and even some that kind of get at the Iraq War by attacking Michael Moore and praising George Bush: Celsius 41.11(streams on googlevideo at: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5613757524554114657#), Fahrenhype 911 (streams at: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9087291936502859172#).
And in addition to limiting the discussion only to pro/con about the war, I have done another activity with my students about multiple perspectives on the war, including those of Iraqi filmmakers. The focus of my lesson is on how editing choices in documentary film affect audience reaction to the subject. The lesson is too long to post here, but I'll put it somewhere else and link to it: http://mcpopmb.ning.com/group/teachwmovies/forum/topics/perspectives-of-the-iraq-war?xg_source=activity
thanks for the email! your unit sounds AWESOME!!! i think the idea of the superhero (or the definition of a "super" hero) has really changed as a result of two modern events. 1. 9/11 is the flag date i see as changing us into a visual culture, and 2. graphic novel sales have skyrocketed post 9/11.
that said, something else i think you are getting at in your email is the evolution of the idea of the superhero, from greek mythology onwards. it might be really cool to take greek mythology and apply it to a superhero graphic novel/comic book from the 50s and 60s. and then compare and contrast the idea of the superhero with a superhero graphic novel post 9/11.
what do you think??? i think you are onto something brilliant here! please keep in touch.
in terms of my book, chapter 1 offers basic reading graphic novel terminology. and all the other chapters offer reading strategies aligned to common ELA standards....i wanted it to be really teacher-friendly, so there are tons of handouts and strategies you xerox. :)