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Community - The Giver 
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This podcast correlates with The Giver lesson on authority. It prompts students to think about their community and the positive and negative aspects. 


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Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains
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Author, Laurel Snyder was interviewed by Shelby Cagle regarding her book, Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains. The interview took place in Montogomery, Alabama on April 18, 2009 at the Alabama Book Festival.


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Up Close: Harper Lee
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Kerry Madden was interviewed about her book, Up Close: Harper Lee. The interview was prepared, filmed, edited, and rendered by students from Brewbaker Tech High School and took place at the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery, Alabama on April 18, 2009.


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The Prince of Frogtown
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Rick Bragg was interviewed about his book, The Prince of Frogtown. The interview was prepared, filmed, edited, and rendered by students from Brewbaker Tech High School and took place at the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery, Alabama on April 18, 2009.


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Eve of the Penguin and Penguins and Antarctica
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Listen to this interview of Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce conducted at the 2009 Alabama Book Festival by students of Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School.


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Fractured Fairy Tale
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This video clip of a fractured fairy tale is useful for teaching motifs, comparison contrast, theme, genre, or irony. Example questions: What is important to the duckling? What problems does the duckling face? What is the theme of the clip? What is ironic about the clip? How is this version of The Ugly Duckling different than the original? Why do you think the creator changed the story? What does this clip reflect about our society?

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Needy or Greedy Seniors
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This clip offers a look at our country's expense for caring for the elderly. This is a great companion to The Giver to stimulate class discussion regarding society's obligations to the elderly. A teacher guide for the video is available here http://stosselintheclassroom.org/pdf/stossel_TeachersGuide_11.pdf

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Web resource for literature units
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This website has hundreds of novel units. They list the theme, summaries, characters, questions, analysis, quotes, essays, flashcards, and more!

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