Shining a Light on 2011- 2012 VRCfor Middle School Early Preview
Bystander(2009) by James Preller Fast Action…Realistic yet surprise- like ending…very middle school like A must-read book - aligns with state of Virginia’s Middle School Counseling Curriculum on bullying DISCUSSION GUIDE: http://media.us.macmillan.com/di scussionguides/9780312379063 DG.pdf
Exposition o Eric has moved to Long Island from Ohio with hisGenre: mom and brother. Realistic Fiction o His father isSetting: schizophrenic and left the family a while back. Long Island, NY Problem o Eric is a passiveMain Characters: observer / bystander to Eric Hayes – The Observer Griffin’s bullying ploys Griffin Connelly – The Bully o Just how important a role David Hallenback – The Victim do authority figures play in usurping bully mentalities in an individual or group
•Discussion Guide for “The Bystander” in pdf format: http://media.us.macmillan.com/discussionguides/9780312379063DG.p df •Panel Discussion on cyberbullying in Bethlehem Public School District , featuring local parent, James Preller: http://bcsd.k12.ny.us/news/201011/101007_cyberbullying_panel.cfm http://www.jamespreller.com/2010/06/09/class- discussion-guide-talking-points-and-other-news- •Bullying is VA Students - The Virginia Pilot, July 8 2011 about-bystander/ http://hamptonroads.com/2011/07/bullying-va-students-top-concern-•For help in implementing or enhancing survey-findsbullying prevention programs in your state,contact the Childrens Safety Network at •For more information about bullying prevention in Virginia, firstname.lastname@example.org. Erima Fobbs, Office of Family Health Services, at (804) 864-7733 or email@example.com.•Office of Attorney General / Virginia Rules /Bullying •For more information on bullying prevention from the Childrenshttp://www.virginiarules.com/virginia- Safety Network, click hererules/bullying http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/publications_resources/Bullyin gPrevention.asp.•Interactive Websites on Bullying:http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/ •Middle School Bullying that features both Elementary and Middle School assistance and Virginia Bullying Legislation linkshttp://www.bam.gov/sub_yourlife/yourlife_bu http://youthviolence.edschool.virginia.edu/bullying/bullying-middle-llyroundup.html school-research.html
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer: the Search for John Wilkes Booth by James L. SwansonGENRE:NonfictionEXPOSITION:Based on rare archival material, obscuretrial manuscripts, and interviews withrelatives of the conspirators and themanhunters.The book includes:1. Step by step sequence of events2. Listing of ALL involved3. Goo-Gobbles of pictures4. Conspiracy theories5. First-hand look at Lincoln the man, husband , and father
o Study Guide on Scholastic Site: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/collateral. jsp?id=39033_type=Book_typeId=1303455o Video of author http://www.bookvideos.tv/videoid/2240o Pdf. Memorabilia in support of the book. http://www2.scholastic.com/content/collateral _resources/pdf/c/CLKP-PDFART.PDFo Resource Page for Novel http://bookwizard.scholastic.com/tbw/viewWo rkDetail.do?workId=1303455
o National Park Services Lincoln Memorial Site: http://www.nps.gov/linc/index.htmo Abraham Lincoln on History.com: http://www.history.com/topics/abraham- lincoln/interactives#/wiki?topic=103o Lincoln Treasure Hunt: http://www.siec.k12.in.us/~west/proj/lincoln/treasure.htmo The Lincoln Museum’s interactive website on “Lincoln’s Life”:o Lincoln Assasination Website: http://www.alincoln- library.com/lincoln-assassination.shtmlo The Assasination of President Abraham Lincoln: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/alrintr.htmlo The Trial of the Lincoln Assasination Conspirators: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/lincolnconspiracy/linc olnconspiracy.htmlo The Assasination of Abraham Lincoln Consiracy on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qAeFjCscRY
The Leanin’ Dog by K. A. Nuzman Awards and Nominees •2011 South Dakota Prairie Pasque •2011 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Childrens Book Award Masterlist (VT) •2011 Grand Canyon Reader Award for Intermediate Readers (AZ) •2011 Beehive Reading Award (UT) •2011 Colorado Childrens Book Award •2011 State Book Award (ME) •2011 Triple Crown Award (Austin, TX) •2011 Mark Twain Reader Award (MO) •2011 Childrens Book Award (RI) •2011 Volunteer State Book Awards (TN) •2011 Childrens Book Award (SC) •2009 YALSA Best Books for Young Adults nominee
o Genre: o Exposition: Historic Fiction (poetic format) Dessa’s mother died in her arms causing her to haveo Setting: nightmares, and Dessa suffers Colorado – 1930s from agoraphobia (fear of leavingo Main Characters: home). A stray dog shows up at Dessa Dean (her father, the the house suffering from just the dog) opposite ---fear of close quarters and small spaces (claustrophobia)…The dog becomes the catalyst for the family’s healing process.
o The Leanin’ Dog Reading Guide http://www.kanuzum.com/LeaninDog_ReadingGuide.pdfo Book Marks for Leanin’ Dog http://www.kanuzum.com/Leanin_Dog_Bookmark.pdfo Additional Discussion Guide can be found in the 2010 Mark Twain Awards for K12 titles: www.maslonline.org/resource/resmgr/reading_incentive_awards/beattie- marktwainpacket20102.doco Different types there are by checking out http://phobialist.com/ and its reversed list at http://phobialist.com/reverse.htmlo Learn about Virginia’s trapping rules and regulations here: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/regulations/o Dessa Dean’s mother suffered from diabetes. Learn more about the disease and how to prevent it at http://www.diabetes.org/o The events in the story culminate during Christmas. Learn the history of advent calendars and then make one: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2010/11/29/10-advent-calendar-ideas/ .o Math: Dessa Dean has to write problems that show she knows her multiplication tables. How well do you know yours? Find out at http://www.multiplication.com/interactive_games.htm
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskineo Awards – o Georgia Book Award o VRC 2011 o nominee, 2011-12 o 2011 SIBA finalist o Capitol Choices 2011 o Golden Kite Award 2011
o Genre: Realistic Fiction http://www.kathyerskine.com/Kathryn_Ers kine/MOCKINGBIRD_Research.html (told in 1st person) o Problems:o Setting: - Kaitlyn struggles to make friends and Present Time come to closure with Devons death - Kaitlyn is unsure how she should acto Main Characters: and if she can help her father as well. Kaitlyn Devon Other Questions that Arise: Kaitlyn’s father 1. Do people with Asberger’s see the world differently? What thingso Exposition: might be more difficult for them–or Kaitlyn and her father are trying to deal easier? with the loss of her brother 2. What parts of school might they Devon. Things are hard for Kaitlyn who especially enjoy or not like? What has Aspergers, because Devon was the one would make them uncomfortable? who helped her know what would annoy 3. And how can other people make or just be weird if she did. life easier for them?
Out of My Mindby Sharon M. Draper o Genre: Realistic Fiction o Setting: Present Day o Main Character: Melody o Exposition: Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there’s no delete button. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school—but NO ONE knows it. Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don’t think she’s capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool- level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows. But she can’t. She can’t talk. She can’t walk. She can’t write. o Problems: Melody has a photographic mind but cannot communicate and has been assigned to a special needs class.
o Problems: 1. Melody has a photographic mind but cannot communicate and has been assigned to a special needs class. 2. Cerebral Palsy 3. Thoughtless teachers 4. Crual classmates 5. Bathroom issuesStudy Guide onAuthor’s Site: http://sharondraper.com/bookdetail-guides.asp?id=35
Pop by Gordon Kormano Genre: Realistic Fictiono Setting: Kennesaw , New York/ Present dayo Main Characters: Marcus Jordano Exposition: Unusual friendship between a past pro football player and a recently transplanted high school student from Kansas---trying out for the school team. Marcus is happy to have somebody to practice with, and has a ball interacting with his new friend, Charlie Popovich,.
o Problems:1. Marcus cant help but noticing that Charlie really seems to be a little strange.2. Charlie is suffering from Early Onset Alzheimers, a fact which his family is struggling to keep hidden.3. Marcus’s friendship with Charlie is bringing Marcus into conflict with the ex-ball players family, the football team, a grumpy exterminator, and even the law.4. Marcus may have to make some considered choices in regards to his own future, if he wants to keep up his friendship with Charlie
Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon Winner of the: •2010 Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award •2010 NAACP Image Awards nominee, for "Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens“ •2010 ALA/YALSA Best Books for Young Adults •2010 ALA Notable Books for Children •A 2009 Junior Library Guild Selection •2009 Booklist Top Ten Historical Fiction for Teens •2009 Booklist Top Ten Debut Novels
o Genre: Historical Fictiono Setting: Chicago / 1968o Main Character: Sam Childs 13 years oldo Exposition: o Sam is the son of known civil rights activist Roland Childs. His older brother is starting to become interested in the Black Panther movement. Sam is trying to make up his mind which route to take…his mind or his heart…the rock or the river… http://authors.simonandschuo Problems: ster.com/Kekla-o The old adages of peaceful vs. forceful Magoon/48551529 resistance arises in this novel…one that totally divided the African American community in the 1960s. Author’s Interview
Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angelbergero Genre: Fantasy Fictiono Setting: Present Timeo Main Characters: Tommy, Dwight, Harvey, and Origami Yoda
http://origamiyoda.wordpress.com/folding-your-own-origami-yoda-other-star-wars-papercraft/ o Exposition: Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.
Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nichols o Genre: Realistic Fiction o Setting: Present Time o Main Character: Sam / age 11 o Exposition: o Sam is in the last stages of leukemia and wants to know facts. Facts about UFOs, ghosts, how it feels to kiss a girl. He wants to break a world record, watch horror movies, go up the down-escalator. ..and find answers to all of the questions nobody ever answers. o Written as a collection of journal entries, lists, questions, and pictures, Sams story will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will show you how one boy finds a way to live forever.
When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton o A growing up novel with scenes reminiscent of Richard Peck’s “Long Way from Chicago”…Classic…Witty …Warm…Well writtenA growing up novel with scenes reminiscent of RichardPeck’s “Long Way from Chicago”
o Genre: o Historical Fiction o Linked stories set on seven consecutive All Hallows Eveso Setting: o 1943 through 1949 o Rowlesburg, West Virginiao Main Character: o Jimmy Cannon during his teenage years o Jimmy describes the high jinks, the championship football game, the risks and rewards of his part-time job, and other significant events that shape his love for his small hometown at a time and place when the railroad was the town.
o Exposition: Main Character’s two older brothers, his friends, and especially his father, a formidable figure in a long succession of Cannon men who have worked for the B&O railroad. o Questions to Answer: 1. Why does Dad insist that Jimmy must not follow in his dad’s footsteps. 2. What is his fathers role in the secretive and mysterious "Society" of local men?Last yearbook for Rowlesburg High School 3. How does the “Society” affect Jimmie’shttp://www.classmates.com/yearbooks/Rowle future?sburg-High-School/46482
Thank You for Attending! Sabrina Carnesi The Marie Holland Library Crittenden Middle School Newport News, VA 757-591-4900 ext.22575 firstname.lastname@example.org