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Decoding History – 39 Clues Reading Club

If you like a good adventure and aren’t afraid of learning some history, check out this virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.  Author David Baldacci, as part of the 39 Clues Reading Club, teamed up with historians to bring history to life.  One of the video segments discusses the pottery of David Drake sometimes known as Dave the Potter.  I have featured the award winning book Dave the Potter in school and previously shown students clips of PBS’s series History Detectives.  Happy learning!

Watch Face Jug on PBS. See more from History Detectives.



Possibly the best YA book ever….

I am well aware that there are many wonderful and compelling books that one can read, but stay with me on this one.  Monster by Walter Dean Myers is truly a masterpiece that has stayed with me for months now.  I have to re-read it for a class and am looking forward to learning more about our narrator, Steve Harmon, and his story.  Written as a screenplay and starring the narrator, Steve Harmon, the reader is taken through a boy’s time in jail and the court system in NYC.  What moved me was the way in which Walter Dean Myers challenges your assumptions of guilt and innocence and leads you to a place without providing you all of the answers.