Have students write a collaborative poem or story using Twitter, IM, Edmodo or Facebook. This way, authors can contribute one word, one line, or several paragraphs.

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DAY 10: Changing Lives

Posted on December 22, 2012 in News

Turnstall’s book tells the story of El Sistema, a large-scale (to say the least) education project that has been implemented and replicated in several cities around the world. El Sistema, started in Venezuela, teaches hundreds of thousands of…

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Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music

When Gustavo Dudamel, at the age of twenty-eight, ascended the podium at the Hollywood Bowl for his inaugural concert as conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he immediately captivated the hearts of his audience, just as he had the minds of…

DAY 9: Hellhound on His Trail

Posted on December 21, 2012 in News

I had to include this book even though it is a 2011 publication. Close enough, right? I went right from 11/22/63 to reading Hellhound on His Trail as Stephen King really got me interested in the turbulent 1960s with his fictionalized account of the JFK assassination. I thought this book would be primarily about James Earl Ray and his pursuit of King, but I was pleasantly..

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Hellhound On His Trail: The Electrifying Account of the Largest Manhunt In American History

On April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray shot Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Motel. The nation was shocked, enraged, and saddened. As chaos erupted across …

DAY 8: 11/22/63

Posted on December 20, 2012 in News

I promised at least a few “just for fun” titles and this is one of them. I am not a horror fan and I have not read a Stephen King book in twenty years, but as the accolades poured in for this book, I just had to find out…

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11/22/63: A Novel

Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out.

President John F. Kennedy is dead.

Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s…

DAY 7: The Power of Habit

Posted on December 19, 2012 in News

My sister recommended this to me as it had a big influence on her and while I am only half finished, I can see why she was so drawn to it. Duhigg looks at habits in a new light and explores them with…

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover…

DAY 6: Carly’s Voice

Posted on December 18, 2012 in Collaboration, News

If you have followed Carley’s story at all (on Ellen, Larry King Live and The Doctors), you were probably as excited as I was to finally get her book. I am somewhat obsessed with autobiographies and when it is an autobiography that sheds so much light on…

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Carly’s Voice

At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child. Although she made some progress after years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable. Then, at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough…

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