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The Candle Star: Classroom Resources Paperback – January 14, 2012
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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MICHELLE ISENHOFF writes for teens, tweens, and kids as old as 91. Her work has been reader-nominated for a Cybils Award, the Great Michigan Read, and the Maine Student Book Award. She's also placed as a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review Book Awards, a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, and earned multiple Readers' Favorite 5 Star seals of approval. A former teacher and current homeschooler, Michelle has been lauded by the education community for the literary quality of her work, which is regularly purchased for classroom use. Her series include historical fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi for children. More recently, she has enjoyed writing historical fiction with a touch of romance for older teens and women.
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Like the novel, the resources seem to expect a relatively high-level of student ability for a likely 7th-8th grade classroom. The usage, vocabulary, dialect, and sentence complexity of the novel and some of the discussion questions will likely be difficult for a substantial number of students.
If you're a teacher considering using this novel in your classroom (whether as a whole-class novel, small-group project for advanced students, or individual study), these resources will certainly be useful and save you some time.
Unfortunately, Amazon's Kindle is a very poor delivery system for lesson-plan resources: you can't print or cut-and-paste these discussion questions or vocabulary lists. (The author's web site is helpful, though.)