Books to Build on: A Grade-by-grade Resource Guide for Parents and Teachers

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Delta, 1996 - Education - 361 pages
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This invaluable grade-by-grade guide (K-6th) is designed to help parents and teachers select some of the best books for children. It will lead you to enriching reading experiences and help your child build on the fundamentals in the popular Core Knowledge Series (What Your Kindergartner-Sixth Grader Needs to Know). Rare among resources guides in its emphasis on nonfiction, Books to Build On provides helpful annotations on excellent books in a wide range of subject areas.

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User Review  - mliss -

After looking through many book lists I had come to the conclusion that many authors believe children will only read the equivalent of literary junk food (some lists even have recommendations for ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marianna Randazzo - Goodreads

As a Reading Teacher, Books to Build On is an excellent resource to assist in finding and assessing quality books. It is broken into curriculum areas including Visual Arts and Mathematics which are ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Hirsch is a conservative critic best known for his repudiation of critical approaches to literature (chiefly poststructuralism and New Criticism) that assume that the author's intentions do not determine readings. He argues that any such methodology is guilty of "the organic fallacy," the belief that the text leads a life of its own. For Hirsch, the author's authority is the key to literary interpretation: The critic's job is to reproduce textual meaning by recovering the author's consciousness, which guarantees the validity of an interpretation. In his two most important books, Validity in Interpretation (1967) and its sequel, The Aims of Interpretation (1976), Hirsch warns against the "critical anarchy" that follows from the "cognitive atheism" of both relativism and subjectivism. For him, these result from a corollary of the organic fallacy, the thesis that meaning is ultimately indeterminate because it changes over time or with the differing interests and values of different readers. According to Hirsch, meaning does not change; only value or significance does, as readers relate a text's fixed meaning to their cultures. If there is more than one valid interpretation of a text, it is because literature may be reduced to more than one "intrinsic genre" or meaning type---the particular set of conventions governing ways of seeing and of making meaning at the time the author was writing. Many critics suggest that the intentions Hirsch recovers in intrinsic genres are really his own, rather than those of the author, because no one, including Hirsch, can escape his or her historically conditioned frame of reference when developing interpretations of literature. Hirsch's recent books, including Cultural Literacy (1987), are seen as proof of those flaws by those who are troubled by the history and values of the dominant culture that Hirsch insists is the only culture. Hirsch argues that "common knowledge" is being denied minority students and others by feminists and other "radicals" who have undermined the authority of its great texts.

Holdren has been a teacher of writing and literature at the University of Virginia and Harvard University, and is now Director of Research and Communications of the Core Knowledge Foundation.

E.D. Hirsch, Jr., is an emeritus professor at the University of Virginia and the author of "The Knowledge Deficit, The Schools We Need," and the bestselling "Cultural Literacy "and the" Dictionary of Cultural Literacy," He and his wife, Polly, live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they raised their three children.
Linda Bevilacqua is the president of the Core Knowledge Foundation and was responsible for the development of the Core Knowledge Foundation and was responsible for the development of the Core Knowledge preschool program that is now being used in over 1,200 preschool classrooms across the country. She and her husband, Jean-Jacques, live in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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