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A nonfiction project in my classroom!

A nonfiction project in my classroom! With my library science classes I have been reintroduced to the world of nonfiction! It is much different now than I remember it being when I was in High School, or it may have been I wasn't reading the right books.
There are so many nonfiction books on different science topics that I teach in my classes. I think my students could benefit greatly from adding these to my curriculum. Nonfiction books can add a depth to the topic that textbooks just can't. I am also able to support many different reading levels and interests with this project within one topic area as well. The book selection for space is amazing and my students are fascinated by it.
So I am working on writing a grant, I have created a donors choose project, and an Amazon Classroom Book Wish List to try and get some books into the hands of my students. I appreciate any support you can give.
Donors Choose
Classroom Book Wish List

Check out some of the books I am interested in!

My Friend Dahmer, A look at a nonfiction graphic memoir by Derf Backderf

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
A student of minerecommended this book to me and this book is very popular at the school library. I love reading crime and mystery fiction but this was my first nonfiction book in that genre.

This is a graphic novel and I think this was the best format for this memoir.  The author was a classmate of the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and provides a unique perspective of what led up to Dahmer's killing spree.

I think case studies should be made about incidents like these to show teachers and school administrators that this really does happen. This is a sad story because he didn't get the help he needed as a student. I think students find this story interesting because they get insight on what caused him to end up where he did. It could be an interesting read and discussion for a Psychology class.

I found the book interesting but I think I would have enjoyed the book more if it had been focused on the crime, catching Jeffrey Dahmer, the evidence an…

Drowned City Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

Drowned City Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans Written and Illustrated by Don Brown

This is the first graphic novel I have read. It was a very quick read, I enjoyed the graphics a lot. I chose this book because this event meant a lot to me. I am a science teacher and find weather events fascinating. I house sat during this time frame for some friends that are Red Cross volunteers, one of them coordinated relief efforts in the Cajun Dome for a couple months.  

First, I would connect this to fiction readers by marketing to teens that read graphic novels. You could set up a display of graphic nonfiction. I would also make a display  of both weather related fiction and nonfiction in the spring to coincide with storm season and in the fall for hurricane season.

I would use this book in class as a resource when I cover weather.  I would like to incorporate the use of nonfiction texts in different unit to assist with the understanding of different scientific topics. It is difficult to take fie…

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach "Not that there's anything wrong with just lying around on your back. In its way, rotting is interesting too, as we will see. It's just that there are other ways to spend your time as a cadaver." From the Introduction.
I have always chosen fiction books for reading in my spare time. However, I have recently found the genre narrative nonfiction and I have a long list of books I would like to read. I read a lot of medical thrillers from authors such as: Patricia Cornwell, Robin Cook, Tess Gerritsen, and Jefferson Bass. So choosing this book as one of my first nonfiction reads was a natural choice. As a science teacher the graphic details of the human body interest me. From the chapter "Life After Death," about forensics and embalming: Out behind the University of Tennessee Medical center is a lovely, forested grove with squirrels leaping in the branches of hickory trees and birds calling and patches of…