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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Loretta Esparza, January 30, 2013

Sherman Alexie cleverly and humorously intertwines friendship, family relationships, and the inherent joys and hardships of humanity along with those of a modern Native American experience. Amidst adverse living and educational conditions, the main character has also been marked by congenital disease, making him an easy target of ridicule. His dreams and goals are supported in different ways--but not necessarily understood--by his dysfunctional family and best friend, who is somewhat of a social pariah himself amongst a community defined by alcoholism, poverty, ignorance, and mundaneness. The boys longtime bond and deep friendship cause them to greatly influence each other amidst circumstances and events that do not always favor or nurture their friendship. This story is memorable and fantastic not only for its honesty and humor, but because of how the main character realizes and exhibits strong and excellent values that emerge from his existential and day-to-day struggles.
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Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators by Char Booth
Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators

Loretta Esparza, January 19, 2012

Char Booth has presented practical, useful, and insightful information about teaching in her book. Readers benefit from her instructional experiences, observations, and excellent organizational skills which are evident in the presentation of this information. She clearly highlights main points and concepts so it is easy for readers to identify specific information. She includes goals, summaries, reflection points and notes for each chapter, which help to clarify the material and encourage professional development. Among the valuable contents are concise explanations of learning and instructional theories, creating communities of practice, and integrating the USER (Understand, Structure, Engage, and Reflect) approach with library instructional design. This is a superb book for librarians whose jobs include teaching responsibilities and who wish to improve their instructional literacy.
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