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This guide was updated and expanded in 2017; the cover was updated in 2018. This is a two-week literature guide for the book titled Bound for Oregon, by Jean Van Leeuwen. In this book, the Todd family demonstrates true pioneering spirit on their
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This guide was updated and expanded in September of 2016. This is a two-week literature guide for the book titled Ben and Me, by Robert Lawson. In this book, a mouse relates the story of Ben Franklin in a humorous and unique way. The mini-guide
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This guide was updated and expanded in April of 2018. This is a two-week literature study for the book titled Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes. In this book, a young apprentice silversmith is caught up in the danger and excitement of Boston in the
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This guide was updated and expanded in June of 2018. This is a two-week literature guide for the book titled The Matchlock Gun, by Walter Edmonds. In this book, young Edward protects his family from an Indian attack during one of the French and
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This guide was updated and expanded in February of 2018. This is a two-week study for the book titled Amos Fortune, Free Man, by Elizabeth Yates. In this book, Amos, a slave, works for his freedom. A mini-guide contains vocabulary activities,
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This guide was updated and expanded in 2017. This mini-guide is a two-week study of the book titled Rifles for Watie, by Harold Keith. In this book set during the Civil War, 16-year-old Jefferson D. Bussey learns that there is more to war than
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This product was updated and expanded in November of 2016. These reproducibles enable parents/teachers to use the mini-guide for Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie with multiple students. The reproducibles include all of the fill-in-the-blank
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This guide was updated and expanded in 2017. This is a two-week study for the book titled All-of-a-Kind Family, by Sydney Taylor. This book contains the adventures of a Jewish family in New York in the early 1900s. A mini-guide contains
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This guide was updated and expanded in October of 2016. This is a two-week literature guide for the book titled The Bears on Hemlock Mountain, by Alice Dalgliesh. In this book Jonathan wonders if there are bears on the mountain. The mini-guide
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This is a mini-guide (a two-week literature study) for the book titled A Family Apart, by Joan Lowry Nixon. In this book, children are sent West on an orphan train when their widowed mother is unable to care for them. The mini-guide contains
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This guide was updated and expanded in February of 2018. This is a two-week literature guide for the book titled Amos Fortune, Free Man, by Elizabeth Yates. In this book, Amos, a slave, works for his freedom. The mini-guide contains ten sections
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This guide was updated and expanded in July of 2018. This is a two-week literature guide for the book titled The Bravest Dog Ever -- The True Story of Balto, by Natalie Standiford. In this book, Balto helps carry medicine for very sick children in
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This guide was updated and expanded in 2018. This is a two-week literature guide for the book titled Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express, by Margaret K. Wetterer. The book relates the true story of Kate's resourcefulness and courage. The
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This guide was updated and expanded in July of 2018. This is a two-week literature guide for the book titled Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express, by Eleanor Coerr. In this book, 15-year-old Bill becomes the bravest rider on the Pony Express. The
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This guide was updated and expanded in January of 2017. This is a two-week literature guide for the book titled Gentle Ben, by Walt Morey. In this book, a boy named Mark buys an Alaskan brown bear. The mini-guide contains ten sections that
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This guide was updated and expanded in 2017. This is a mini-guide (a two-week literature study) for the book titled Rascal, by Sterling North. In this book, Sterling raises a baby raccoon during World War I. The mini-guide contains vocabulary
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This product was updated in 2017; the cover was revised in 2018. Pioneers started their journey to Oregon in spring to enable them to get there before winter, so spring is a perfect time to read this book. A calendar is included in this guide, so
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This guide was updated and expanded in January of 2017. This is a two-week literature guide for the book titled Snowshoe Thompson, by Nancy M. Levinson. In this book, John Thompson helps Danny get a letter to his father during the Gold Rush. The
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This guide was updated and expanded in September of 2016. This is a two-week literature guide for the book titled Ben and Me, by Robert Lawson. In this book, a mouse relates the story of Ben Franklin in a humorous and unique way. The mini-guide
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This product was updated and expanded in October of 2016. These reproducibles enable parents/teachers to use the mini-guide for The Bears on Hemlock Mountain with multiple students. The reproducibles include all of the fill-in-the-blank activities;
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I (Chris Roe) am a licensed teacher in the state of Minnesota; reading is my area of interest and expertise. I recently retire from my part-time job of working as a substitute teacher; I am still writing literature-related materials for our family's home-based business -- Christian Novel Studies. My husband and I homeschooled our two daughters for ten years.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Twenty years ago when I was student teaching and raising our two girls, I discovered something that has guided me since that time: Children love to read books! I realized that one advantage to reading/studying whole books instead of individual stories is that children are exposed to in-depth views of characters and settings. As people set in a particular place and time change and develop through the chapters of a book, students grow and expand in their understanding too. I've watched struggling readers read words fluently because the words are in context and the students are able to see the big picture. For these reasons, I began to write literature guides for books about important historical people and for books that contain classic stories. When I start CNS, I wrote guides for Christian books (TRAILBLAZER books by Dave & Neta Jackson and Treasures of the Snow -- and other books by Patricia St. John). Over the years, however, I also began writing guides for secular books -- and I connect biblical principles to the content of the book. Most of the biblical connections are in a section titled Bible/Life Application. Since most of the vocabulary, questions, and reading activities do not have Christian content, these guides are also able to be used in public schools.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In college I completed the Honors program and graduated summa cum laude. A description of my greatest honor, however, follows: Twenty-eight years ago, as I held our oldest daughter in my arms, I pondered the questions: What is the big picture? What is the major goal in raising children? I felt the answer is that -- as parents -- we should be working toward training our children to contribute to society rather than taking from it. As we think about it, contributions can take a multitude of forms -- and they can be small or large. Some can be done every day; others are accomplished over a long period of time. My greatest honor at this point in my life is watching Amy and Rachel contribute to society as adults: Amy is an elementary Spanish teacher who is touching students every day and Rachel is working at a challenging job for a growing business. As teens and young adults, they both volunteered many hours in a variety of programs in the U.S. and abroad. I am very proud of these two girls!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1993 with a B.A.S. in Elementary Education.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am an active Friend of the Duluth Public Library. I am also a member of the following reading groups: Arrowhead Reading Council and the Minnesota Reading Association. I participate in a Chapter and Verse reading group: Once a month teachers and librarians get together to discuss children's literature!

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