Dare! Weird! and Tough!

March 16, 2016

series by Erin Frankel; illustrated by Paula Heaphy

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This series is an amazing read-aloud series for your classroom when building classroom community or for classroom communities that are having troubles with bullying.  The three books are intertwined in that each book tells the story from a different girl’s perspective.

Weird–Louisa–“the one being bullied”

Dare–Jayla–“the bystander”

Tough–Sam–“the bully”

Teacher’s Guide

  • In particular, take a look at p10-11 of the Teacher’s Guide called “I Think It Means…” Students learn that what the characters are saying aren’t exactly what they always mean

Links on Bullying


Impact: The Story of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks

February 24, 2016

Impact: The Story of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks

Most appropriate for 4th grade and up, this narrative nonfiction book tells about the terror of September 11, 2001 from multiple perspectives. Chapters unfold as the reader meets a passenger on Flight 93 (the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania), an air traffic controller at Washington D.C.’s Dulles airport, a worker in the south tower of the World Trade Center, a worker who happened to be in the elevator of the north tower of the World Trade Center, NYPD firefighters responding to the call for help, the medial relations person from the Pentagon, and a Fox News reporter.  All of their stories weave together to describe the heartbreak that happened on September 11.

This book is a great resource for lessons about generating questions related to text.  Students often have many questions about what happened that day; this book could be the catalyst to teach a reading comprehension strategy while teaching about the emotions and events from September 11, 2001.

According to Capstone, this book is perfect for Common Core standards about narrative nonfiction and exploring multiple accounts of an event.

Resources to use in follow up lessons:

Follow up your learning about September 11 with the poetry book September 12th or the narrative nonfiction picture book 14 Cows for America.

Cover imageDescription of September 12th: Conveys the sense of hope and comfort found in the routine of everyday activities following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001

Cover imageDescription of 14 Cows for America: Presents an illustrated tale of a gift of fourteen cows given by the Maasai people of Kenya to the U.S. as a gesture of comfort and friendship in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001.