Reading about Fashion as the Mirror of History

Albee, S. (2015). Why’d they wear that? Fashion as the mirror of history. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society. Description: From “The Ancient World (10,000 B.C. – A.D. 1000)” to “World at War (20th Century and Beyond),” Albee’s Why’d They Wear That? narrates world history by describing the fashions, fads, and clothing innovations of each era. In the forward, Albee says, “For hundreds and in […]

FEG: Ridiculous [Stupid] Poems for Intelligent Children

Hirsch, R. (2002). FEG: Ridiculous poems for intelligent children. New York, NY: Little, Brown, and Company. Description: This humorous book of poetry manages to teach literary devices without boring everyone to death. Instead, the poems are set up like mysteries to be solved. Touching on poetic terms such as personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration and more, FEG makes interpreting poetry into a […]

Alien Invasions: Then and Now

What happens when you pair a classic text with a contemporary title? Here’s one suggestion for teachers who want to to reinvigorate student interest in the classics while helping them explore contemporary issues. Classic Text: War of the Worlds Wells, H. G. (1997). The war of the worlds. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications. Summary: Written in 1898, War of […]