New Teacher's Guide and The Da Vinci Code Teacher Giveaway
Dan Brown's bestselling novel and perennial favorite, The Da Vinci Code, now has a superb new teacher's guide available for download here. The Da Vinci Code can be read in a variety of curricular areas including history, art history, math, mythology, world religions, and English Language Arts. This guide was written with the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards in mind, and teachers will find a variety of related questions and activities designed to help students engage in rich, meaningful study of the text and its many associated themes and subjects.
Teacher Giveaway: A complimentary review copy of The Da Vinci Code will be sent to the first 50 teachers to request a copy by emailing us (U.S. school addresses only; while supplies last).
Penguin Random House Seventh Annual Author Event for NYC Educators
Calling all Tri-State Area Educators! You are invited to the Penguin Random House Seventh Annual Author Event for NYC Educators. Please RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your spot; space for this event fills up quickly!
Held at the Random House building in midtown Manhattan on Monday, October 12th from 1-4pm, the event will feature nine authors who will each discuss and sign free copies of their book.
The featured authors are: Ian Doescher, Shakespeare's Star Wars series; Dana Alison Levy, The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher; David Lubar, Sophomores and Other Oxymorons; Naomi Novik, Uprooted; Robert Repino, Mort(e); Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, Choosing Hope; Lance Rubin, Denton Little's Deathdate; Jon Scieszka, Frank Einstein series & Guys Read/Guys Listen; Rachel Swaby, Headstrong; and Clive Thompson, Smarter Than You Think.
Click here for the official invitation. Click here to RSVP.
Questions? Email email@example.com.
E.L. Doctorow Passes Away at 84
We are deeply saddened by the passing of author E. L. Doctorow, who died on July 21st in Manhattan. Doctorow was the author of acclaimed novels such as: Andrew's Brain, Billy Bathgate, The Book of Daniel, City of God, Homer & Langley, Loon Lake, The March, Ragtime, The Waterworks, Welcome to Hard Times, World's Fair; essay collection Creationists; and short story collections All the Time in the World, Lives of the Poets, and Sweet Land Stories. Among his honors are the National Book award, three National Book Critics Circle awards, two PEN/Faulkner awards, an Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal.
Random House Launches High School Pinterest Page for Educators
Discover, share and pin innovative ideas for your classroom and students with our new Pinterest page. Complete with thematic groupings of teachable topics and anniversaries, the page is an ideal resource for the 21st century teacher and is updated frequently with books and other materials. Click here to check it out!
• Emily Bazelon
, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
(Random House Trade Paperbacks), recently spoke at the 2015 National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference in Boston, MA. Click here
to watch a video clip of her talk.
• Erin Gruwell
, founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation (currently celebrating its 20th anniversary), recently hosted a symposium in Washington, DC to commemorate National Teacher Appreciation Day. For video and photos of the event, click here
. For books by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers, click here
• Anne Moody
, author of Coming of Age in Mississippi
(Dell), died on February 5th at her home in Gloster, Mississippi at the age of 74. A classic autobiography of a young girl growing up poor and black in the rural South, Coming of Age in Mississippi
is required reading on school lists nationwide.
• Be sure to tune in and watch American Promise
, premiering on POV, the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, on Monday, February 3, 2014. Created and directed by Joe Brewster, M.D., and Michèle Stephenson, this documentary also ties into their new book Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and Life
(Spiegel & Grau).
Lives, Creating Opportunity
By Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
"Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn show you,
through many amazing vignettes matched with serious evidence,
that you can make a difference. . . . Read this book.
Seize one of the many opportunities it lists, and change
lives for the better, including your own." —The
New York Times Book Review
Life Sucks and Then You Live
By Kevin Breel
Breel writes and talks about things that most people don't
discuss. He has lived through darkness and now he's using
his unique voice to bring light and hope to people in
pain. . . . As he continues to do this important work,
I will be cheering him on." —Jamie Tworkowski,
founder of To Write Love on Her Arms
Two Years Eight Months
By Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie comes a spellbinding work of fiction that
blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story.
A lush, richly layered novel in which our world has been
plunged into an age of unreason, Two Years Eight Months
is truly an enduring testament to the power of storytelling.
The Invention of Nature
von Humboldt's New World
By Andrea Wulf
geographical pilgrimage and an intellectual epic! With
brilliant, surprising, and thought-provoking connections
to Simón Bolívar, Charles
Darwin, William Herschel, Charles Lyell, Walt
Allan Poe, Henry
David Thoreau, and George Perkins Marsh. The book
is a major achievement.” —Richard
Holmes, author of The
Age of Wonder
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