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Emily St. John Mandel: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Emily St. John Mandel



Describe your latest book. My new novel is called Station Eleven. It's about a traveling Shakespearean theatre company in a post-apocalyptic North... Continue »
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    Station Eleven

    Emily St. John Mandel 9780385353304

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Slam! (Point Signature) by Walter Dean Myers
Slam! (Point Signature)

paula122452, September 3, 2007

As a teacher, I am always in search of good reading material for my 8th grade Lang Arts students. They need more books that are relative and reflect situations in their own lives and communities. SLAM is one of those books. I have taught this book as a required Essential Literature book required by the Board of Education in our school district. I have found many ideas from this book including journaling, visual and other art projects (my school is an arts magnet school and we try to incooperate our students gifts and talents in their academic classes as well), and definitely writing essays. I have also involved other members of my staff to co-teach across the curriculum in their subject matters and the students have truly enjoyed it. This year, my students (some of which are basketball players) are going to combine writing the final basketball scene between Ice and Slam and actually "producing" it and playing the game and inviting parents to see the game in action! The boys are going to create a basketball book of terms (mini book) and the girls are going to extend the end of the story to include college, marriage and family between Mtisha and Greg. I have been overwhelmed with pride at the ideas the students have helped to come up with and the fact that the black and white students alike, have found some reality and hope in this book and have found reading to be fun and a life-learning experience.
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

paula122452, November 24, 2006

I just completed "The Watson's Go to Birmingham - 1963". I must say that I have never felt so many emotions at once. I am an 8th grade school teacher and so much of this book is a part of me. I, too, lived in Flint, MI for several years; I, am originally from Bessemer, AL, 12 miles south of Birmingham. I am a witness from a distance to the bombing that took place (we heard it and thought it was the plant), was an integral part of the marches (Martin Luther King and company stayed at our home when they passed through during the "mule train march" to B'ham; I was also involved in the integration process as a 9th grader into an all white school. I felt so, so many feelings when I read this book. I will cherish this as one of the most interesting, humorous and poignant stories that I have ever read. I was particularly curious about how the author kept the Dad out of the picture for several chapters. One of the funniest scenes I read was the hair cutting incident with Byron. Kenneth's attitude and reparte' with his brother had me rolling on the floor. I would love to see these characters developed in detail and another story created to explain some gaps that I believe need to be filled. We only got bits and pieces of Dad, his work, his life, his relationship with his wife - yet, the reader could tell there was a definite family bond with the children. It is so ironic all the things that happened to Kenneth - because I recall in the 4th grade, at Carver Elementary School in Gary, IN where my Dad moved to get work - I was carried around from class to class to read to the students. I remember how I felt - as though I was on display and how the kids hated me and teased me every chance they got. Leaving the north and going south caused so many problems for me - we were a proper, educated family - spoke well - and here - we were going south and all the students thought we were "high-falutting" - because we spoke proper English. This book was a perfect snapshot of many chapters of my own life. I really enjoyed it - and would love to correspond with the author. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to write my thoughts. This is a book that I will certainly have my 8th graders reading and will be a part of my library and conversation for years to come.
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