A New Book from Nancy Castaldo!

Nancy Castaldo is an author to know if you want to bring more nature into your secondary classroom. Castaldo has authored a number of nonfiction picture books perfect for readers of all ages. Her 2016 title THE STORY OF SEEDS: From Mendel’s Garden to Your Plate, and How There’s More of Less To Eat Around The World is perfect for upper MG/YA readers. The science and politics of agriculture might not sound scintillating, but Castaldo’s book will make readers stop and ponder the fragile nature of our plant-based food supply.

Nancy Castaldo’s books are great for interdisciplinary projects and can serve as mentor texts for nonfiction writing. That’s why I am so excited about her newest book, BACK FROM THE BRINK. Today, Nancy is at The Nerdy Book Club blog to reveal the cover of her newest book.

Click here to read Nancy’s post.


The Curious Creative- An E-Newsletter by Jess Keating

Science communication is one of my passions and as an English teacher at a STEM school it’s an important skill my students need to learn.  I’m always looking for ways to have my students practice communicating about complex science topics in a fun way (you can see a sample here). These projects can’t be done until I share mentor texts with my students, though.  We don’t always have the time or budget to add whole-class nonfiction books to our curriculum so articles and magazines are my go-to source for science communication mentor texts. I’m always adding links and PDFs to my bookmarks!

A few weeks ago, author Jess Keating posted an exciting new mentor text on Facebook.

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How awesome is this?  I immediately subscribed and started thinking about how my students could create their own e-zines to communicate science.  My biology colleague and I do an interdisciplinary magazine project at the beginning of each year and I can’t wait to share The Curious Creative with students as a mentor text.  What I love about this text is that it’s concise, engaging, and eye-catching.  So much of communication these days is done online so it’s vital that our students learn to communicate well in this medium. I also struggle to help my students write concisely so this newsletter looks like  a great way to model the power of concise writing.

Be sure to subscribe by emailing jesskeatingbooks@gmail.com and writing SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.  You won’t be disappointed!