Monday, August 12, 2013

The Graveyard Book- Novel Unit

Hello again!  I've been busy catching up on reading and thought I'd put together a novel unit for Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book."  The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is an award winning (Caudill, Newbery, and Carnegie Awards, among others) about a boy named Nobody Owens, who is raised by spirits and monsters in a graveyard.  Follow along with Bod’s life as he grows amongst tombstones, mausoleums, and learns to navigate through the living world and see what happens when the man who killed his family (and landed him in the graveyard in the first place) comes looking for him!



Sunday, August 11, 2013

Affect vs. Effect

Hello, all!  I managed to disappear again, but I suppose that's what happens over the summer!  Since I last posted, I moved to Germany (!!!) and spent the last 2 weeks touring the French and Italian Rivieras!    I left my position in Chicago as a middle school special education assistant and am looking for a similar position on the military base here in Germany.  Until then, I figured I'd keep cooking up new curriculum!

Since I still find myself pondering the differences between "affect" and "effect," I thought I'd put together a quick guide for teachers and students alike to help differentiate between the two words.