California Educator

August/September 2023

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Read Aloud Stories UTLA member and elementary substitute teacher Paul Laverack has created a YouTube channel, "Read Aloud With Mr. Paul," which contains more than 100 story-time videos of great children's books. These funny, touching, wonderful stories, from kindergarten classics to fairy tales to immigrant stories for older students, are a great resource for educators who need to rest their voice during the day and for children to listen to at bedtime — or anytime. On YouTube. A Fight for Survival & Freedom Pittsburg Education Association member and 10th grade English teacher Brandon Lawson's latest creative work is "Nova's Blade," Book 1 of a young adult dystopian series. Writing under the pen name Will Scifi, Lawson fashions a world ruled by ruthless corporate oligarchs and deadly games — where one woman's battle will ignite a rebellion. Nova is forcibly drafted into a televised death match tournament amongst kidnapped women known as the Valkyries. The victor wins a golden ticket to liberation and a marriage to a member of the world's wealthiest families. There is, of course, much intrigue and drama offstage as well. On Amazon. Ideas & Activities for Kids CTA/NEA Retired member Carol Greene taught grades 4, 5 and 6 for 33 years — the last 12 of them as a creative arts specialist in San Jose. She's also a music specialist and a ventriloquist who used puppets to help her teach; after school she was a Girl Scout, Cub Scout and Webelos leader. Greene recently wrote and illus- trated "WOW," a book that includes many of the participation activities and songs she created during those years. "Wow" is meant to encourage children to try new things, from making masks to dancing with a teddy bear. Elementary school teachers can use it as a guide for student writing and art projects. On Amazon. Lit From Within, Continued from Page 56 Got something for Lit From Within — a book , blog, album, video series, podcast or something else? Tell us at with "Lit From Within" in the subject line. We lean toward new(ish) work that can be used in the classroom. 55 A U G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 3 C

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