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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

Authored By: Laura Amy Schlitz and Robert Byrd

Published: July 2007

The setting is medieval village in the England of 1255. More than twenty-two characters from the lordÂ’s nephew Hugo to Nelly the sniggler (eel catcher) speak in their own voices in this collection of verse. The pages are illuminated. Unfamiliar vocabulary and references are explained in marginal notes.

Resource Type: Recommended Non-PBS Book

Subject: Social Studies

Kid's Guide to African American History: More than 70 Activities; 2nd Edition, A

Authored By: Nancy I. Sanders

Published: June 2007

This kids' guide covered Africa, Colonial America, plantation life, freedmen, abolitionists, Civil War and freedom, Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and hope for the future. The book features maps, illustrations, sidebars, and activities. Each activity lists needed materials. The author has included a selected reading list.

Resource Type: Recommended Non-PBS Book

Subject: Social Studies

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

Authored By: Dan Ariely

Published: February 2008

Why does a 50 cent aspirin work better than one that costs a penny? Why do we continue to eat when we are not hungry? A professor of Behavioral Economics at MIT, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other seemingly illogical forces influence reasoning. The good news is that though we tend to behave irrationally we do so in a predictable fashion, making us predictably irrational.

Resource Type: Recommended Non-PBS Book

Subject: Social Studies

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