How To Use A Rubric Without Stifling Creativity

How To Use A Rubric Without Stifling Creativity


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Mrs. Jennifer Cimini, M.Ed : One Unit at a Time… Historical Fiction

Mrs. Jennifer Cimini, M.Ed : One Unit at a Time… Historical Fiction

This is me revving up my mind…
Keeping current on my knowledge of our history in hopes to bring a subgenre of fiction; books that portray fictional accounts or dramatizations of historical events, time periods, and/or figures to life while in the hands of my students. They will choose which path they travel, and I will be their guide.

Mrs. Jennifer Cimini, M.Ed : Welcome to Historical Fiction!

Mrs. Jennifer Cimini, M.Ed : Welcome to Historical Fiction!

I threw together a Keynote Presentation to help my students construct a sense of another time in the lives of people from our history! This first step is important to any reader who may need to develop a sense of background knowledge before being able to read with power, to be able to read in a way that allows for tackling complex texts and synthesizing our perspectives with others in a significant and meaningful way.

Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco was the mentor text I chose to start off our Historical Fiction Unit of Study.


Nerdy Book Club

Chances are if you are anything like me the first thing you did when you opened this post was scroll down and look at the winners. I’m hoping that you saw some of your favorite 2014 books obelow, and that you maybe found a book or two to add to your to-read list. Thanks for scrolling back up and reading my little introduction.

I think that there is something very special about middle grade books and the middle grade reader. I feel that for many kids the books that they read and the books read aloud to them during this time in their life are books that will stay with them throughout their lives. I know that I will never forget when the student teacher in my fourth grade classroom read us Hatchet, or when my third grade teacher introduced me to Judy Blume’s Fudge and Beverly Cleary’s Ramona

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