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True Stories Behind the Songs: A Beginning Reader

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ISBN-13: 978-0132468046
ISBN-10: 0132468042
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From the Back Cover

Did you know that…

 

  • George Harrison wrote “Here Comes the Sun” on a cloudy, rainy day?

 

  • Johnny Cash’s hit song “Ring of Fire” wasn’t by him--it was about him?

 

  • the most popular song during the Great Depression was, paradoxically, “Happy Days Are Here Again”?

 

True Stories Behind the Songs, by Sandra Heyer, continues the True Stories tradition -- with a twist. The text features lyrics for eight popular songs along with real, believe-it-or-not stories about the songs and their songwriters. Companion stories related to the topic of the song round out the units. To see a sample unit, please go to pearsoneltusa.com/sampleunits.

 

Teachers are encouraged to download the songs from their favorite website or to use a version they already own. Or you can purchase recommended recordings on iTunes. A link on the True Stories website (www.pearsoneltusa.com/truestories) will take you directly to the playlist. For a limited time, your Pearson representative will provide a free, legally copied CD of all the songs with a minimum order of 20 copies of True Stories Behind the Songs. Please go to www.pearsoneltusa.com/specialists to find your nearest representative.

 

Features:

  •  Exercises for vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and writing and speaking practice help students develop language proficiency.
  • A comprehensive To the Teacher section gives background information about the songs and stories as well as teaching tips.

An access code at the front of the book enables teachers and students to download recordings of the stories free of charge at www.pearsoneltusa.com/truestories

 

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 101 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education ESL (August 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132468042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132468046
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.3 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. K. Lloyd on February 2, 2016
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I love this series of True Stories in the News, so I tried this out. The songs are great, but I expected the stories to be exactly about the writing of the song, and some of them didn't appeal to me. But I bought a copy in a hurry to take to Mexico for a teaching week, and didn't have time to sort it out. I absolutely think it was well worth the time to teach some songs (in both Spanish and English!), because everyone was humming them long after the week ended. Try this book and tell me what you think?
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I use these for remedial English and reading
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very good quality
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Good for ESL
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The idea is good but the songs chosen do not appeal to adolescents or grownups...desperately needs an update to be usable in class!!!!
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