Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Read All About It!

Exquisite Corpse Adventure
Online Resource Center

Features Specialized Reading Lists
...and MORE!

Have you been reading The Exquisite Corpse Adventure with the young people in your life? Each episode of this progressive online story game--being written and illustrated by a dream team of eighteen award-winning authors and illustrators--is published on Read.Gov every two weeks. Episode Seven, written by Shannon Hale and illustrated by Calef Brown, is available NOW!

Maximizing the educational impact of this zany story is the NCBLA's coordinating Educational Resource Center--available free and online. Parents, teachers, librarians, and homeschoolers--we have designed this site for you!

Educational Resource Center includes a series of materials and activities designed specifically to help you make the most of each episode. One key component of the episodic resources is the annotated reading list being created by Butler Children’s Literature Center at Dominican University.

Our lists of suggested read aloud books and books to read independently are created based on a key thematic element of each episode. The
reading list for Episode Seven finds its inspiration in the forest setting and recommends Lois Ehlert's Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf as a read aloud book and Gennifer Choldenko's If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period for independent readers. Mistaken identities provides the theme for the Episode Five reading list and includes Hyun Young Lee's Something For School as a recommendation for younger readers and Debbie Dadey's Cherokee Sister as a recommendation for independent readers.

We find these lively, annotated reading lists to be not only informative but also great fun! The NCBLA hopes these reading lists inspire you and your young readers to read even more! If you are looking for last-minute holiday gifts, you may just find the perfect book in our reading lists.

In addition to the annotated reading lists, the Educational Resource Center includes a series of classroom activities, art appreciation activities, and discussion questions. Be sure to check out these innovative classroom activities, also developed by the talented folks at Butler:

"Little Words from Big Words" for Episode Seven
"Would You Rather?" for Episode Six
"Riddles and Knock-Knocks" for Episode Five.

Click here to read all seven episodes of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure.

Click here to check out the NCBLA's Exquisite Corpse Adventure Educational Resource Center.

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