As the author of Lucy and CeCee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School, an award-winning young adult novel written expressly for middle school students, I invite you to download the accompanying FREE CURRICULUM GUIDE that will entertain your students while reinforcing Common Core Language Arts Standards with hands-on, engaging activities.
How to Use the Curriculum Guide Guide:
Expressly designed for the secondary middle grade classroom, Lucy and CeCee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School Curriculum Guide can be used as a whole class instructional aid or in small group literature circles. The curriculum guide reinforces literacy and common core language arts standards and is highly recommended for reluctant readers. It is a student/teacher-friendly, hands-on classroom resource that includes the following items:
• Introduction – Page 2
• Double Entry Journal – Page 3
• Discussion Questions – Page 4
• Literature Response Frame – Page 5
• Write Your Own Diary Entry – Page 6
• Word Search – Page 7
• Create a Bookmark – Page 8
• Character Analysis – Page 9
• Other Activities – Page 10*
*Can be used with any novel or short story. Perfect for independent reading or book report activities.
About the Book:
A star reviewed zany handbook, Lucy and CeCee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School is "written" by two seventh grade girls attending Madison Heights Middle School - spry, outgoing, boy-crazy Lucy Pringle and shy, studious, bespectacled CeCee Cruz. Laced with diary entries of their own daily escapades regarding skater slacker boyfriend crushes, B.F.F. shopping trips to the mall, and B.E.E. (Bitter Eternal Enemies) text wars, the tween tell-all rings true about the netherworld of middle school in all its gory glory. Lucy and CeCee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School is the multi-award winner of EDITOR’S CHOICE, RISING STAR, YOUNG ADULT HONORABLE MENTION IN THE SAN FRANCISCO FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, AND YOUNG ADULT HONORABLE MENTION IN THE NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF BOOKS.
"(Dana) knows her audience well, and has pitched this book to them perfectly, packing useful information into a fun, frothy read....Any sixth grade girl who's facing middle school as if it were a firing squad will find great comfort here. Both entertaining and useful, How to Survive is a winner. Recommended for Reluctant Readers." Starred Review - BlueInk Review
“With plenty of humor and adventure, "Lucy and CeCee's How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School" is a strongly recommended addition to young adult fiction collections, not to be missed.” – Midwest Book Review
"But while the girls’ teachings are often amusing, what really makes Dana’s book exceptional are the girls themselves....The girls’ approach to more sensitive issues such as cyberbullying and peer pressure to drink or do drugs is intelligent and responsible. Lucy and CeCee’s target audience may consist solely of tweens, but this is a book that can educate readers of any age." - Kirkus Reviews
"Lucy and CeCee’s guide to middle-school survival is a fast-paced, funny, and insightful book that will serve to clarify typical teen lingo and behavior for adults and give guidelines to tween and teenage kids who are having trouble navigating the middle-school milieu." - Clarion Reviews
"This nostalgic read is both fun and informative in its perspective of middle school existence. The author's use of tweenie vernacular adds to character development and theme relevance." - Readers Favorite
Winner of Editor's Choice and Rising Star Awards
Starred Review - BlueInk Book Reviews
Young Adult Teen Book Honorable Mention - San Francisco Festival of Books
Young Adult Teen Book Honorable Mention - New York Festival of Books
To purchase a low-cost copy of Lucy and CeCee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School for whole group instruction, small group literature circles, or simply to add quality literature to your classroom library, just click on the Amazon link:
Lucy and CeCee's How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School
Lucy and CeCee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School is also available on the Kindle or Nook and can be easily downloaded for an engaging classroom presentation.
Enjoy the book. Enjoy the curriculum guide. Enjoy your students.
With tween love and admiration,
About the Author:
Featured on NBC’s More at Midday as a middle school tween expert, Kimberly Dana is a multi-award-winning young adult/children's author and teacher. She is published by the National Council of Teachers of English, Parenthood, Your Teen, About Families, Sonoma Family Life, and the recipient of several writing honors from Writers Digest, Reader Views, the Pacific Northwest Writes Association, and various international book festivals. Other affiliations include the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and EPIC, the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition, where she serves as a judge for the annual eBook competition. Kimberly’s most recent books include her YA thriller, Cheerage Fearage, middle grade novel Lucy and CeCee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School, and the delightful picture book, Pretty Dolls, voted Best Children’s Book of the Year by Reader Views. A lover of photography and experimental cooking, Kimberly lives in Nashville and Los Angeles with her husband and spoiled shih tzu.