Curricular Resources

        Mrs. Cundra uses a variety of resources to plan her lessons. In looking for textbooks, she looks for ones that are high in interest for her students, but that are easier to read than some of the mainstream textbooks. Listed below are some of the books and book companies that she uses often.

Health:                                                         Uses:
Fearonís Health 2nd ed.                              notes from chapter
Edited by Marna Owen                                teacher-made unit tests
Globe Fearon Educational Publisher             read sections
Paramount Publishing Ó 1994                      Good Because:
Paramus N.J                                               not too in-depth,
                                                                  doesnít confuse,
                                                                  shorter sections,
                                                                  good illustrations

English:                                                           Uses:
Vistas in Reading Literature                              read stories,
Green Level                                                 discuss comprehension,
Edited by Chaparro, J., and Trost, M.                 vocabulary
McDougal, Littell & Company Ó 1989              Good Because:
Evanston, Ill                                                        lower level
                                                                          short stories
                                                                          high interest

History:                                                                 Uses:
American Journey: The Quest for                        summary, questions,
Liberty since 1865                                                discussions
By Davidson, J. et al                                          Good Because:
Prentice Hall Ó 1992                                         shorter descriptions
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Free Reading:
Lake Shore Basics & Beyond:
Really Readable Books: Green Level, Yellow Level
Teen Crisis Library
Lake Shore Learning Materials                   **Each Book has a list of
2695 E. Dominguez Street                                      questions
PO Box 6261                                             **low level, high interest
Carson, Ca. 90749
To Order, Call: (800) 421-5354

High Noon Books                                  **low level, high interest
20 Commercial Blvd.
Novato, Ca. 94949-6191

        The book companies listed above in the free reading section carry some textbooks, but they also have trade books, which are popular with the students. Some of the titles they carry include: That Was Then, This is Now, Tiger Eyes, The Secret of Gumbo Grove, Phoenix Rising, The TV Guidance Counselor, Go Ask Alice, and many more. These are books that their peers are reading, also. Most of the books are written at around a third grade level, so it is not difficult for the students to get through a book in class within a few weeks. Some of the companies provide comprehension questions to go along with each book.