Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Get Your Students Involved with the Profile in Courage Essay Contest!

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to participate in The Profile in Courage Essay Contest. Students are asked to write an essay on an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1956. The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to grapple with the big ideas in Kennedy's Profiles in Courage: "What is political courage? Which elected officials have risked their careers to take a stand for what is right?" With important themes and an opportunity to combine social studies and English courses, this annual contest is a wonderful way to turn an essay assignment into an opportunity for meaningful reflection, rigorous research and effecting writing. 

The foundation's website is filled with helpful information for teachers and tips for preparing and writing a winning essay.

Your students will find inspiring stories in John F. Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage.

The first-place winner receives $10,000. Contest deadline: January 5, 2015. For more information on the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Profile in Courage Essay Contest click here!

Monday, October 20, 2014

How the Invention of Fire Paved the Way to the Atom Bomb!

Dr. Yuval Noah Harari is making waves with his revolutionary approach to the history of humankind. In his upcoming book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Dr. Harari goes in depth to discuss some of his most provocative statements about humanity and its dominance. In the video below Dr. Harari explains how the invention of fire moved humans up the food chain and paved the way for the Atom Bomb. 

See a brief teaser for Sapiens (on sale 2/10) below!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

OUR TOWN opens today in New Haven, CT

Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT opens its 50th Anniversary season with Thornton Wilder's classic Our Town. The show will be directed by Gordon Edelstein, run until November 2nd and Tappan Wilder will host a talk-back following tomorrow night's performance! 

If you would like to attend the talk or another performance you can buy your tickets online here or call the Long Wharf Theatre at 203-787-4282.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top 5 Non Fiction Books for Teens and Tweens!

Homeschooling expert Kathy Ceceri recently published a list of the "Top Nonfiction Picks for Teens and Tweens" to use in homeschooling. Keneth C. Davis' Don't Know Much About Mythology and Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner's Freakonomics made the list! 

See more on this list here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The College of Saint Rose to Host Marc Spitz, author of TWEE

Frequency North, the visiting writers reading series at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, has added a talk by Marc Spitz—author of Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music,Books, Television, Fashion, and Film—to  their “aggressively eclectic” lineup of events.

Twee is the definitive history of the hugely prevalent, old-fashioned and yet highly modern “twee” movement. Focusing on its origins and hallmarks, Spitz charts the rise of this trend from its forefathers like Disney, Salinger, Plath, Seuss, Sendak, Blume, and Jonathan Richman, to its underground roots in the post-punk United Kingdom, through the late 80s and early 90s of K Records, Whit Stillman, Nirvana, Wes Anderson, Pitchfork, This American Life, and Belle and Sebastian, to the current (and sometimes polarizing) appeal of Girls, Arcade Fire, Rookie magazine, and hellogiggles.com.

Here are the details for Marc’s visit (which is, like all Frequency North events, open to the public)
When: 7:30 pm, Thursday, November 6
Where: The College of Saint Rose, Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium, 985 Madison Ave., Albany, NY

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is now Common Core Ready!

Our free Common Core-aligned Teacher's Guide for Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie is now available!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Join us all week for trivia questions and your chance to win a free HarperCollins book!

In honor of Banned Books Week, HarperAcademic will be giving away some of our beloved banned and challenged books. Follow us at @HarperAcademic for trivia questions today through Friday the 26th, reply to us with your answer and #BannedBooksWeek for your chance to win a free book!

We will be giving away two books a day to two randomly selected winners, eligible in the United States only.