March 17, 2017  •  In This Issue:

1.  Now available: Take the Journey
2.  Young mathematicians making arguments
3.  PD Corner: Academic conversations

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1) Now available: Take the Journey
Take the Journey, by James Percoco In this valuable book, James Percoco shows teachers how to bring history alive within their classrooms.
—Ken Burns

In Take the Journey, author and "America's History Teacher" James Percoco invites you and your students to the places where many events in American history happened. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile National Heritage area encompassing such historic sites as the Gettysburg battlefield and Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello.

Filled with students' voices and an enthusiasm for American history, Take the Journey offers:
  • practical and easy-to-implement lessons;
  • classroom-tested materials;
  • specific directions for employing place-based best practices in the classroom, no matter where you live; and
  • ways to meet state standards without sacrificing teacher creativity or hands-on learning.
So bring your students along and let them discover the twists and turns offered by history and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground.

Preview the full text online now!

Take the Journey
Teaching American History Through Place-Based Learning
James Percoco
Foreword by Milton Chen • Afterword by Cathy Gorn
Grades 5-12 • 266 pages • $22.00
Preorder now • Available early April


2) Young mathematicians making arguments
Watch kindergarten and first-grade students engage in mathematical argumentation and reasoning in this Teaching Channel video. Which One Doesn't Belong? by Christopher DanielsonFollow along as teachers and students use Christopher Danielson's recent book Which One Doesn't Belong? in their classrooms to teach and practice making an argument and backing it up with evidence:

Preview Christopher's book online and be sure to order the Teacher's Bundle that includes the invaluable teacher's guide:


3) PD Corner: Academic conversations
Delight in conversation.
—Harvey "Smokey" Daniels

Review the research and benefits of academic conversations with this short article from In-sight: A Newsletter for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment:

Use hand gestures and skill prompts to teach students how to have academic conversations. Hand gestures help students remember specific skills such as elaborating, clarifying, supporting, building, or even challenging ideas. Find printables and a review of the instructional sequence at ASCD:

In their joint session at last year's NCTE conference in Atlanta, Kelly Gallagher, Smokey Daniels, and Penny Kittle advocated for speaking. Review the session with Lee Ann Spillane's illustrated notes and reflection:

Growing Independent Learners, by Debbie Diller Want the full story? Consult the bestselling Stenhouse book by Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford. Academic Conversations identifies five core communication skills to help students hold productive academic conversations across content areas. Preview the first chapter online:


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Contributing writer: Lee Ann Spillane

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