This guided writing packet walks students step-by-step through the process of writing, editing, and illustrating 6 newspaper articles about any novel the students have read and assembling their paper for a beautiful project to include in their portfolios! Completed newspapers make perfect peer recommendations for students looking for a new book to delve into!
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. I first encountered this book via an excerpt assigned to me as a senior in high school for my genetics class. The extent to which HeLa cells have been used on a global scale (and beyond as they went to space) is absolutely remarkable. The story behind HeLa cells is nothing short of remarkable. Every one should read this book at least once.
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall. Beautifully written in verse for grades 6 and up, this first time author tells the story of high school student Lupita. Uprooted from her native Mexico, Lupita has to learn a new language and a new way of life in Texas. Throughout the book, Lupita reflects on what it means to be part of two worlds. (Summer 2012)