Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Worlds Apart

In anticipation of her upcoming book Midnight in Broad Daylight, author Pamela Rotner Sakamoto has created a short video to introduce readers to the Fukuhara family.  During the Depression, the members of the family wind up separated between Japan and America.  World War II solidifies that separation as the boys find themselves on opposite sides of a worldwide conflict.

Everything changes when an atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.

You can watch Pamela's video below.

Midnight in Broad Daylight goes on sale January 5, 2016.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Discovering Hidden History

Last week, Kenneth C. Davis, author of Don’t Know Much About History, was featured on Maine National Public Radio.  Davis—who has devoted his career to discovering the truth behind the myths and fallacies of history—discussed how the most fascinating and sometimes troubling parts of history aren't taught in the classroom. You can listen to the full show here.

For more information on Kenneth C. Davis and his works, you can visit his website.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Read Like a Detective!

We're delighted to share this video from Justin Smith, a teacher at Democracy Prep in NYC.  Justin talks about a school-wide event that got his students excited to read Agatha Christie, introduced them to the mystery genre, and showed them how to read like detectives.  

If your school has done an innovative project for one of Agatha Christie’s books, please let us know!

For more Agatha Christie resources, check out our page on Agatha Christie.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

You Could Win a Classroom Set of A PEOPLE'S HISTORY!

The Zinn Education Project is offering teachers the exciting opportunity to win a classroom set (35 copies) of the new 35th anniversary edition of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.  Teachers looking to enter the contest, which lasts until November 30, can find more information here.

The Zinn Education Project, inspired by Zinn's People's History, encourages teaching middle and high school students about United States history in engaging and dynamic ways.  They offer free downloadable lesson plans and other resources for teachers of American history.