• Sagas
      2000

      Phuro

      by Veijo O. Baltzar

      The book begins with the author’s introduction and his vision about the origin of the Gypsies. Born from a mare, a dark and temperamental young man encounters prejudices and persecution everywhere due to his different looks and character. People start calling him a Gypsy with the intention of insulting him. But over time the young man starts to love the name ‘Gypsy’ – it begins to sound beautiful to him and so he makes it the core of his identity. The first Gypsy bears children and thus the Gypsy people and nation are born. To his descendants he becomes Phuro, the authority and leader of all Gypsies. In the novel itself, Phuro appears as the mythical ancestor who laid down the laws, traditions and spiritual basis of the Gypsies and their customs, which are either respected and followed or transgressed. The novel tells the story of two families living in a big city that has recently been ravaged by war. From the Gypsy perspective, the city is ruled by the aged Roma patriot Mofal and his younger brother Marfalo. As the eldest son, Mofal is in the position of the leader of the family and the clans, despite the city being divided equally between the two brothers. The children of Marfalo and Mofal grow up together. Mofal and Marfalo’s eldest sons, Carajan and Zoran, call themselves blood brothers. The Gypsy quarter, the area surrounding the market square of the city, has traditionally been a common territory, but this soon begins to change. In order to secure Carajan’s future, Mofal intends to gift him this part of the town, which is the best area for livelihoods and trade. This leads to dissatisfaction among Marfalo’s family. For Zoran, Carajan now appears as an insurmountable competitor. The relations between the cousins become tense, which further erodes relations between the brothers Mofal and Marfalo. The situation is not made any easier by the fact that Carajan and his cousin Gimara are falling in love with each other. In addition to the inappropriateness of being close relatives, they represent the most powerful families in the Roma tribe, making their relationship unacceptable in the eyes of the Roma. Zoran tells Carajan to leave his sister alone and with his mother they try to get Gimara to marry Bagro, the son of rich Fargo - the king of cards who runs a casino in the port of the city. Fargo represents “new status”, with wealth but no real authority within the community. A battle of power, conspiration and plotting takes place among the Gypsies of the city, escalating into a fateful and irreversible series of events. Employing its large gallery of characters, the novel introduces the whole spectrum of Roma culture with its multiple levels and hierarchies. Phuro concentrates on depicting the process of change that takes place when the new and old cultures meet; when the relationship with one’s own tradition disintegrates, and greed and envy take over.

    • Historical romance
      2008

      In Love and War

      by Veijo O. Baltzar

      Life is busy in a big European city in the late 1930s, where Dromal, the head of his tribe, runs a wide range of business activities that aren’t always above board. It is not only his tribe who benefits from his operations, but also many leading citizens of the city. Dromal’s tribe lives in an old, abandoned warehouse area on the outskirts of the city. His son Girin has begun to live in a wrecked car behind the bus station after having taken the outspoken widow, Fudurni, as his wife, despite the lack of acceptance by his community. The main characters of the novel are the people of Dromal’s tribe, his daughter Ginarel and Kastalo, an orphan pickpocket raised on the streets. The poor and rootless Kastalo is not good enough to be a fiancé for the Gypsy princess Ginarel. Nonetheless, Kastalo has fallen for the girl. Preparations are underway for the wedding of Ginarel and Bustan. Bustan is the son of the highly regarded blacksmith Joralo. Along with Bustan, Girin is given the responsibility to watch over his sister and to protect her from trouble and shame. When Kastalo’s infatuation is noticed, the boys come up with a way to benefit from the pickpocket. When the Gypsies become the targets of the suffering caused by the emerging Nazi regime and its sadism, the prevailing relations of power within the tribe are put to a test. Emotions smoulder under the surface, people take measures as the Gypsies flee the ominous signs. The tribe’s long and troubled journey makes a man out of Kastalo; the former selfish thief grows into a young, responsible, respectful and unfailing member of the tribe. The love Ginarel cherishes for Kastalo is evident, but can it ever be fulfilled?

    • Teaching, Language & Reference

      Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning (Second Edition)

      Classroom Practices for Student Success

      by Sharroky Hollie

      Written to address all grade levels, this K-12 classroom resource provides teachers with strategies to support their culturally and linguistically diverse students. This highly readable book by Dr. Sharroky Hollie explores the pedagogy of culturally responsive teaching, and includes tips, techniques, and activities that are easy to implement in today's classrooms. Both novice and seasoned educators will benefit from the helpful strategies described in this resource to improve on the following five key areas: classroom management, academic literacy, academic vocabulary, academic language, and learning environment. This updated 2nd edition is grounded in the latest research, and includes an updated reference section and resources for further reading.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2018

      Prove It! Using Textual Evidence, Levels 3-5

      by Melissa Cheesman Smith, Terri Schilling

      Knowing how to cite textual evidence is a key component in reading and writing in education today. This resource equips teachers with the strategies they need to teach students how to cite and annotate textual evidence when reading and writing. Primary school students will learn how to find evidence to support their opinions, incorporate that evidence in their writing, and accurately cite their sources. The ten lessons include proper MLA formatting, paraphrasing, the use of credible sources, avoiding plagiarism, and more. Students will apply what they've learned through twenty practice exercises. Citing textual evidence powerfully strengthens students' writing, develops analytical thinking and logic, and readies students for college and career with lessons that are aligned to McREL, TESOL, and WIDA standards.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2018

      Prove It! Using Textual Evidence, Levels 6-8

      by Melissa Cheesman Smith, v

      Knowing how to cite textual evidence is a key component in reading and writing in education today. This resource equips teachers with the strategies they need to teach students how to cite and annotate textual evidence when reading and writing. Secondary school students will learn how to find evidence to support their opinions, incorporate that evidence in their writing, and accurately cite their sources. The ten lessons include proper MLA formatting, paraphrasing, using block quotation, creating a bibliography, the use of credible sources, avoiding plagiarism, and more. Students will apply what they've learned through twenty practice exercises. Citing textual evidence powerfully strengthens students' writing, develops analytical thinking and logic, and readies students for college and career with lessons that are aligned to McREL, TESOL, and WIDA standards.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2018

      Mathematical Discourse: Let the Kids Talk!

      by Barbara Blanke

      This invaluable resource provides teachers with the tools they need to facilitate mathematical discourse and create opportunities for students to think constructively, communicate effectively, and increase mathematics proficiency. This book will help teachers develop a new set of pedagogical skills and strategies to assess, plan, and organize their classrooms in a manner that is conducive to mathematical discourse. With helpful tips and strategies that are easy to implement, this standards-based book supports an equitable learning environment by encouraging active listening, clear communication, justification of perspective, and acknowledgement of students' experiences. Each chapter includes Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning strategies to address cultural norms for diverse populations, and support the needs of English language learners. With tips for implementing Math Talks and Number Talks, this resource will get students thinking like mathematicians in no time.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      February 2018

      Clothesline Math: The Master Number Sense Maker

      by Chris Shore

      This must-have resource provides the theoretical groundwork for teaching number sense. Authored by Chris Shore, this book empowers teachers with the pedagogy, lessons, and detailed instructions to help them implement Clothesline Math in K-12 classrooms. Detailed, useful tips for facilitating the ensuing mathematical discourse are also included. At the elementary level, the hands-on lessons cover important math topics including whole numbers, place value, fractions, order of operations, algebraic reasoning, variables, and more. Implement Clothesline Math at the secondary level and provide students with hands-on learning and activities that teach advanced math topics including geometry, algebra, statistics, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. Aligned to state and national standards, this helpful resource will get students excited about learning math as they engage in meaningful discourse.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      February 2018

      My View, My Voice, Levels 3-5

      21 Strategies for Powerful, Persuasive Writing

      by Rebekah Coleman, Carolyn Greenberg

      This classroom resource provides teachers with a strong foundation in the elements of persuasive writing. In the 21st century classroom, the skills and strategies required to effectively evaluate and compose opinions has never been greater. This book discusses why teaching persuasive writing is relevant and beneficial to the target age groups, and includes resources to help grades 3-5 students examine multiple views on a topic and write their own informed, effective opinions and arguments. Persuasive writing provides students with an avenue to examine a topic, develop informed views, express their opinions, and defend their ideas with logical, evidence-based reasoning. This resource takes a unique approach to the topic of teaching persuasive writing with an effective combination of tips, strategies, and resources. With mentor texts, student writing samples, rubrics, lesson plans, and questions to assess professional growth at the end of each section, teachers will learn why persuasive writing is so important in today's classrooms, and how to tackle the challenge of teaching it. This book includes: 21 persuasive writing strategies; 10 lesson plans; student writing samples; mentor texts; anchor charts.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      February 2018

      My View, My Voice, Levels K-2

      21 Strategies for Powerful, Persuasive Writing

      by Rebekah Coleman, Carolyn Greenberg

      This classroom resource provides teachers with a strong foundation in the elements of persuasive writing. In the 21st century classroom, the skills and strategies required to effectively evaluate and compose opinions has never been greater. This book discusses why teaching persuasive writing is relevant and beneficial to the target age groups, and includes resources to help grades K-2 students examine multiple views on a topic and write their own informed, effective opinions and arguments. Persuasive writing provides students with an avenue to examine a topic, develop informed views, express their opinions, and defend their ideas with logical, evidence-based reasoning. This resource takes a unique approach to the topic of teaching persuasive writing with an effective combination of tips, strategies, and resources. With mentor texts, student writing samples, rubrics, lesson plans, and questions to assess professional growth at the end of each section, teachers will learn why persuasive writing is so important in today's classrooms, and how to tackle the challenge of teaching it. This book includes: 21 persuasive writing strategies; 10 lesson plans; student writing samples; mentor texts; anchor charts.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2018

      Close Reading with Paired Texts Secondary

      Engaging Lessons to Improve Comprehension

      by Lori Oczkus, Timothy Rasinski

      Engage students in complex literary strategies as they dive into exploring rich pairs of fiction and nonfiction texts. Written by Lori Oczkus and Timothy Rasinski, this resource brings together two key strategies from the Common Core State Standards: close reading of paired texts. It provides teachers with the opportunity to use close reading strategies, reciprocal teaching, paired fiction/nonfiction texts, text sets, text-dependent questions, and hands-on activities. It includes 12 units across 4 content areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Key differentiation strategies used in today's classrooms are provided including open-ended tasks and activities strong for multiple intelligences, and each unit includes text-dependent assessment for each text type. Aligned to McREL and Common Core State Standards, this resource prepares students for college and career.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2018

      Interactive Notetaking for Content-Area Literacy, Levels 3-5

      by Judith Goodman

      Help students build content area literacy through interactive notetaking! This resource provides creative strategies for developing students' interactive notetaking skills across the content areas. Lessons focus on topics including partner work, vocabulary, comprehension, and summarizing to engage students in critical thinking and analysis. This grade-range-specific resource differentiates instruction to support the needs of students at each grade level. Aligned to standards, this essential classroom resource will allow students to practice effective learning strategies, increasing retention and achievement in mathematics, language arts, social studies, and science.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2018

      Interactive Notetaking for Content-Area Literacy, Levels K-2

      by Judith Goodman

      Help students build content area literacy through interactive notetaking! This resource provides creative strategies for developing students' interactive notetaking skills across the content areas. Lessons focus on topics including partner work, vocabulary, comprehension, and summarizing to engage students in critical thinking and analysis. This grade-range-specific resource differentiates instruction to support the needs of students at each grade level. Aligned to standards, this essential classroom resource will allow students to practice effective learning strategies, increasing retention and achievement in mathematics, language arts, social studies, and science.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2018

      Interactive Notetaking for Content-Area Literacy, Secondary

      by Judith Goodman

      Help students build content area literacy through interactive notetaking! This resource provides creative strategies for developing students' interactive notetaking skills across the content areas. Lessons focus on topics including partner work, vocabulary, comprehension, and summarizing to engage students in critical thinking and analysis. This grade-range-specific resource differentiates instruction to support the needs of students at each grade level. Aligned to standards, this essential classroom resource will allow students to practice effective learning strategies, increasing retention and achievement in mathematics, language arts, social studies, and science.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      February 2018

      The Write Thing: Kwame Alexander Engages Students in Writing Workshop

      by Kwame Alexander

      Imagine having a Newbery Medal-winning author in your classroom as an advisor and a friend, providing personal and practical advice on how to teach writing workshop in the modern-day classroom. With The Write Thing, you can do just that! Kwame Alexander is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Crossover. With more than 10 years of experience conducting writing workshops in schools, Alexander shows how to shake up the "traditional" writing workshop and make writing fun again! His magnetic personality, infectious enthusiasm, and love of teaching come through to inspire all students to write. The Write Thing teaches you how to move students step-by-step from ideas, to drafts, to finished works. Not only will you successfully motivate your students to write, you'll take that motivation one step further by providing guidance on how to create student-driven publications of their work. The confidence students will attain when they see their writing authentically published will be off the charts! The book has three parts: Writing, Publishing, and Presenting. The Writing section features Lessons in Action that teach students to produce writing that is worthy of being published. With a focus on poetry, Alexander's writing workshop uniquely meets the needs of reluctant writers. The Publishing section focuses on how to prepare and print digital and physical copies of students' work. The Presenting section provides suggestions to help students confidently present their poetry and other written pieces. Other exciting features include KwameTime! videos for both teachers and students that bring Alexander into the classroom. Kwame's QuickTips feature easy-to-implement ideas that have worked for Alexander. With an insightful foreword by author Kylene Beers, teacher success stories, and the most helpful appendix ever written, this essential resource will teach you how to tailor writing workshop to meet the particular needs of your students.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2018

      Integrated English Language Development

      by Eugenia Mora-Flores

      Innovative educators are always looking for effective ways to meet the demands of teaching content standards while supporting the linguistic needs of every student. This resource shows educators how to infuse language learning into every subject area, including language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. This powerful resource presents research-based instructional strategies to immerse students in content while promoting oral and written language development. Educators will be inspired to take their teaching to higher levels by providing engaging and challenging learning environments for English language learners.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2019

      Creating Social and Emotional Learning Environments

      by -

      If there's one thing teachers can agree on, it's that social and emotional learning is a hot topic in education. But beyond this, questions still remain. Many educators find themselves wondering, what exactly is SEL? How should it be taught? What does it look like in the classroom? And, is it our job as educators to teach teach students non-academic life skills? Based on author Dr. Amy Cranston's experiences with implementing SEL from a practical standpoint, this book defines SEL and digs into the real work of how to incorporate SEL in K-12 schools. It makes the connection between research and practical application and the real-life examples and testimonials of SEL in the classroom will help educators effectively implement SEL programming. Featured case studies demonstrate real-world applications of SEL in different types of K-12 learning environments. It addresses students' different interests and varied learning styles and features Mindful Moments that encourage understanding, learning, and reflection. By supporting the emotional needs of students, educators will not only address issues such as discipline problems and absenteeism, but will help their students to be more mindful and self-aware. By encouraging spaces where intrapersonal and interpersonal skills are celebrated and cultivated, educators will set the foundation for all students to succeed.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2019

      Get the Picture: Using Visual Literacy in Content-Area Instruction

      by -

      In a world that is becoming increasingly visual, this book equips teachers with innovative strategies to engage students with visual media. Today's students need to know how to "read" visuals closely to understand their meaning, the messages they are sending, and be able to discuss them with others using appropriate vocabulary. Teachers will help students comprehend visuals such as images, charts, graphics, and multimedia texts across the content areas. With tools and techniques, sample lessons, and suggested visuals to use in the classroom, this professional development resource provides strategies for both receptive and productive purposes of visual literacy and is organized by content area to support all teachers. These approaches focus on valuing evidence in visual texts and develop all literacy skills to engage students in building 21st century skills and higher-order thinking.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2018

      The Westing Game: An Instructional Guide for Literature

      An Instructional Guide for Literature

      by Jessica Case

      This standards-based instructional guide provides teachers with rigorous activities and lesson plans to help students comprehend complex literature, as they read the 1979 Newbery Medal-winning mystery novel, The Westing Game. Students will learn how to analyze the text to determine meaning, make summaries, and more. Text-dependent questions help students analyze the text with higher-order thinking skills, with lessons focused on story elements, vocabulary, and more. Close reading activities throughout the literature units encourages students to use textual evidence as they revisit passages to respond more critically about the text. Support the rich exploration of literature in today's classrooms with this resource.

    • Will You Miss Us If We Go?

      by Paige Jaeger/Carol Hill Quirk

      This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the tale of 14 endangered species. The rhyming text is full of interesting facts and is perfect for opening conversations about caring for threatened animals or endangered species. Journey through Book Two in the If We're Gone series offering stories of the Addas, Red Panda, Cheetah, Tapir, Lemur, Lynx and other endangered animals speaking about the trouble they're in. If you love books about wild animals, zoos, lions, tigers, elephants, or endangered animals, then you'll love this book. This is a great book for readers who enjoyed Giraffes Can't Dance by Andreae; A-Z of Endangered Animals by Jennifer Cossins; How To Be An Elephant or If Sharks Disappeared.

    • Reiki Teachers Manual (Second Edition)

      by Tina M. Zion

      The Reiki Teacher's Manual (Second Edition) sets the standard for Reiki education. This book is designed for students, practitioners, and teachers. This enhanced new edition will enrich the classes for current teachers and gives the new teacher confidence and pride when providing that very first class. Practitioners will have a greater understanding of how to apply Reiki and what is actually happening during a session. This manual provides: A quick reference to answer student's questions. Consecutive steps with time approximations. How to structure hands-on practice sessions. How to increase the power of your attunement; How to teach the attunement to others. Goals to achieve. Detailed descriptions and sues for the symbols. Fifteen handouts that are concise, informative, and can be copied from the book. A list of supplies for each class. As a practitioner, you will never be afraid or even worried about teaching a Reiki class or giving attunements. Your students will be grateful and confident for the rich content your classes give.

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