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Books- Real World Themes

Fiction or non-fiction dealing with real world themes or teaching tools


1.  50 Ways to Fight Censorship by Dave Marsh (teacher resource)

    non-fiction, each chapter deals with an issue of how to deal with censorship, banned books, etc.


2.  Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson (7th - 12th grades)

    European gods, goddesses and places. Definitions, relations, and stories. A great teaching tool for Mythology.


3.  Animal Farm by George Orwell (6th - 8th grades)

    Democracy vs. Socialism. Farmers vs. Animals running the farm. Animated. Great teaching tool for Social Studies/Language Arts.


4.  Top Deck Twenty by Stan Allyn (8th-12th)

   Easy to read format, real  stories about west coast Oregon/CA fishing stories and history.


5.  Bet You Can by Vicki Cobb and Kathy Darling (6th-8th)

   Real life science experiments for kids, easy and simple concepts. Great teaching tool.


6.  The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw by Patrick F. McManus (8th-12th)

    20 stores relating to the authors life, told in a humorist fashion, practical issues, all tied together.


7.  Indian Givers by Jack Weatherford (8th-adult)

    An anthropologist tells how the Native American culture contributed to our society. A good companion to teaching about Native American cultures.


8.  When Angels Appear  by Hope MacDonald (9th-12th)

    Stories and experiences with angels or spirits as told from different professions and perspectives.


9.  Silent Running (author to be determined) (8th)

    As told from an officer on the deck of a submarine, submarine logistics, diving, torpedoes, various missions, real life perspectives, Battle of Midway and Pearl Harbor.



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