Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ross Sea Party Who's Who

The Men of The Aurora – The Ross Sea Party -- Shackleton’s Other Crew
Below are the men who placed the supply depots for Shackleton.

Aeneas  Lional Acton Mackintosh

Scottish, but born in India
sailed with Shackleton on Nimrod, losing an eye in a cargo-loading accident

Ernest Joyce
in charge of dogs

a seasoned veteran of Nimrod and Scott's Discovery,

Ernest Wild
in charge of stores (supplies)

brother of Frank Wild, second in command on The Endurance, died fighting in World War I after returning from this expedition
 V.G. Hayward


R.W. “Dick” Richards


A.O. Stevens

geologist, chief scientist

Reverend Arnold Spencer-Smith

chaplain and photographer 

J.L. Cope

A. Keith Jack
physicist and assistant biologist

Irvine O. Gaze

additional information found at and in Wikipedia entries

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Nonfiction Books

Nonfiction is true.  It is about real stuff.
         Literary (or Narrative) nonfiction is written so that it feels like reading fiction: it tells the story of the subject in an interesting way. 

Biography is a life story written by someone else.
Autobiography is a life story written by the person himself or herself.

bibliography is a list of books or other sources of information. 

Be careful not to select an historical fiction book.  These blend fiction with fact. It may have some real people in it and/or real situations with fictional characters. 

Also, do not use a nonfiction book that covers many subjects.  Look for one that focuses on a single subject. 

Books Mrs. Jones Recommended

More Suggested Nonfiction from the Scholastic Reading Club 

     -- as of November 2016

See this article in the School Library Journal about some award winning nonfiction books.

Your nonfiction book will be an informational book about a single subject ( not a how-to or self-help book)  and not a collection such as Guinness Book of World Records or Ripley's Believe It Or Not).  You may not use Eyewitness Books, either.

As usual, the book you choose needs to be a book at  or near your reading level -- usually 100 below to 50 above lexile.

Find a topic you really would be interested in learning more about, and look for a book about that topic.

See FAQ's at the above tab for Book-of-the-Month. 

Qualities of some types of nonfiction:
Report of Information
It focuses on a specific subject, or controlling idea.
It supports the controlling idea with plenty of facts.
It organizes facts in a way that helps the audience learn about the subject.
It uses examples, explanations, and descriptions to clarify ideas that may be new to the audience.

The main character is the writer of the book.
It recounts key incidents in the writer's life.
It describes major influences (people, events, places) on the writer.
It describes interactions between the writer and significant people in his or her life.
It reveals the writer's feelings, reactions, values, and goals.

It tells about a real person.
It shows that the writer knows a lot about this person.
It describes the person's environment.
It provides anecdotes or details that show the person in action.
It shows how the person affects other people.
It states or implies how the writer feels about the person.


Some Possible Titles:

I Will Always Write Back:How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Martin Ganda and Caitlin Alifirenka    

 Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917 by Sally M. Walker.    -- in our media center -- 
What is the connection between the city of Halifax in Canada, World War I, and the Christmas tree in 
Boston, Massachusetts? Two thousand deaths in the largest man-made explosion before the atomic 
bomb, that's what.

Breakaway: Beyond the Goal  BIO-MOR in our Media Center  
-- in the media center 
Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines
by  Paul Fleischman     -- in the media center 

Chew on This by Charles Wilson and Eric Schlosser (YA version of Fast Food Nation)

Knots in My Yo-Yo String -- autobiography of Jerry Spinelli  (great fun!)

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Hoose, Phillip M.  133 pages.

With Their Eyes: September 11th--The View from a High School at Ground Zero  by Annie Thomas (editor) 
Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish  Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Baroletti 

 An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 (Newbery Honor Book) by Jim Murphy 

Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York, 1880 - 1824 by Deborah Hopkinson 

Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
The Boys' War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War by Jim Murphy 

Now Is Your Time!  The African-American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers 

Guinea Pig Scientists by Dendy and Boring 
Survive the Savage Sea by Robertson
Left for Dead (the story of the U.S.S. Indianapolis)  
Homesick by Jean Fritz  

Brian's Song  by Blinn  (a screenplay about Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo) 
Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid by Ralph Fletcher   Try it out at Google Books.

The Fairy Ring: Or Elsie and Frances Fool the World by Mary Losure.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation): The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics
by Daniel James Brown (Author)
“I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”
― Malala Yousafzai

The President Has Been Shot!: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson
    -- in the media center
Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II by Martin W. Sandler
    -- in the media center

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream  by Tanya Lee Stone 

Amelia lost: the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming 

     -- in the media center

The Great and Only Barnum by Fleming, Candace
     -- in the media center 

Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)
by Sue Macy 
The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz
Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir by Paul Cardall
Black and White Airmen: Their True History by John Fleischman
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind:creating currents of electricity and hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

How to Be Like Jackie Robinson: Life Lessons from Baseball's Greatest Hero
by Pat Williams

Children of the Dust Bowl
The True Story of the School at
Weedpatch Camp
by Jerry Stanley
6th grade & up

Dust to Eat
Drought & Depression
in the 1930s

by Michael Cooper
6th grade and up

Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille

By Russell Freedman

The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin - Roaring Book Press (a division of Macmillan Publishing)
Roaring Book Press (a division of Macmillan Publishing
Updated March 02, 2016. Rating     
When you hear the name Benedict Arnold what words comes to mind? You probably aren’t thinking war hero or military genius, but according to historian Steve Sheinken, that’s just what Benedict Arnold was until…Well, you’ll get the rest of the story when you read this marvelous nonfiction book The Notorious Benedict Arnold about the early life, high adventures, and the tragic end to an infamous icon.

See more information and recommendations at

(earlier published February 4, 2010 -- 

Revised and republished February 16, 2010, February 17, 2012, March 2013, November 2016)


More books:  

Thursday/Friday, March 28/29, 2013

1. iWriteRight: apostrophes to show possession and contraction
Label: with [today's date and] Apostrophe Practice
Apostrophe Practice -- Copy the following sentences, selecting the best answer(s) for each. 
1.  In the school parking lot I saw the 
(a. Long’s, b.  Longs’, c.  Longs’s) car, 
the (a. Phillip’s , b. Phillips’,  c. Phillips’s) van, 
and the  (a. Batemen’s, b. Bateman’s, c. Batemans’ )  pickup.
[Notes:  The family names above are Long, Phillips, and Bateman. Consider each vehicle as if it belongs to the whole family.]
2.  My (a. uncles, b. uncle’s, c. uncles’) car is a Hummer.   (I have only one uncle.)

3.  My  (a. uncles, b. uncle’s, c. uncles’) car is a Hummer.   (I have two uncles who share the Hummer.)

4.   All of my (a. uncles, b. uncle’s, c. uncles’)  own great cars.  (I have several uncles.) 

Apostrophe Practice Key (Whose Cars Are They?)

2. Receive Book 6 Book Assignments (Take home the handout.)
or download from here  Collecting Information for the Basic 8 Book 6 Project.doc

3. Take the District Writing Post-Test.
You will receive points for completing the test and extra credit points for your MyAccess score.

Congratulations to A1, A3, A4, B7, and B8 on your improvement on the District Writing Post-Test!!!

4. Have a lovely spring break and a joyous Easter!

updated 3-26-13