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Chess! I Love It! I Love It! I Love It!

Authored By: Jamie Gilson

Published: March 2008

Richard likes playing chess even when he loses, but he?s not especially excited to be part of a team of four to go to the tournament. He?s not confident he?ll play well the other team. He?s not happy about his teammate either: Patrick the Pest who thinks himself a champ.

Resource Type: Recommended Non-PBS Book

Subject: Reading & Language Arts

Dracula

Authored By: Bram Stoker, Michael Mucci, Ben Caldwell, Bill Halliar

Published: January 2008

This graphic retelling of Bram Stoker?s classic tale of the undead features plenty of action and atmospheric illustrations.

Resource Type: Recommended Non-PBS Book

Subject: Reading & Language Arts

Fight for English: How Language Pundits Ate, Shot, and Left, The

Authored By: David Crystal

Published: January 2008

What is proper English usage? Questions of acceptability have been argued for a thousand years. Noted linguist David Crystal examines the evolution of English and the people who have tried to shape the language in their own image but have failed. His short, informal chapters make this a good introduction to a study of English and helps put questions of proper spelling and grammar into perspective.

Resource Type: Recommended Non-PBS Book

Subject: Reading & Language Arts

Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers & Rogues, The

Authored By: George Choundas

Published: March 2007

The author culled print resources, mostly novels; films and TV programs; and one amusement park attraction (can you guess which one?) to compile this lexicon and grammar of piratical speech. Part one provides words and phrases under different headings such as greeting or retorts. Part two addresses the grammar of correct pirate speech. This section can provide a fun and instructive contrast to the Standard English taught in the classroom. Three appendices cover stock phrases, sounds, and pirate company articles.

Resource Type: Recommended Non-PBS Book

Subject: Reading & Language Arts

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