•         a. Online election game – Inspired by “The Game of Life”, eLECTIONS has students role-play virtual presidential candidates and explore how a campaign works. Check it out at http://www.ciconline.org/elections. 

    Spotted in American School Board Journal, September 2008 (Vol. 195, #9, p. 55)
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    b. Online pre-algebra and Algebra I games – At http://www.dimensionm.com, you can access Tabula Digita’s games, which operate in a futuristic, 3-D virtual world in which students are challenged to use coordinate systems and scatter plots, linear relationships, and data analysis to rid a remote island of a bio-digital virus and defend against mutated species. “Learn math or die trying” is the motto. 

    Spotted in American School Board Journal, September 2008 (Vol. 195, #9, p. 55)
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    c. Teen Read Week – October 12-18, 2008 is the week for the 11th annual campaign to get adolescents reading. It’s sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, in cooperation with corporations and non-profits and the International Reading Association. Last year, more than 4,800 schools and libraries took part: http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/teenreading/trw/trw2008/index.cfm. 

    Spotted in Reading Today, August/September 2008 (Vol. 26, #1, p. 3)
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    d. Banned books – September 27-October 4, 2008 is Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association. Here are the most frequently challenged books of 2007:
    - And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
    - The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
    - Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
    - The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
    - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    - The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    - TTYL by Lauren Myracle
    - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    - It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
    - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    For more information, including the reasons each of these books were challenged and books recently off the list, see http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2008/may2008/penguin.cfm. 

    “Banned Books Week Set” in Reading Today, August/September 2008 (Vol. 26, #1, p. 7)
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    e. Lesson plans on picture books – These three lesson plans from ReadWriteThink are geared to graphic novels and books with pictures:
    • Applying Question-Answer Relationships to Pictures by Leigh Hall and Yongmei Li for middle-elementary students: 
    • Creative Writing Through Wordless Picture Books by Laurie Henry for middle-school students to write their own story lines: 
    • Pictures Tell a Story: Improving Comprehension With Persepolis by Janet Ankiel for high-school students reading graphic novels, focusing on the popular book, Persepolis: 

    “Inventive Picture Books Help Develop Imagination” in Reading Today, August/September 2008 (Vol. 26, #1, p. 12)