Warm Up Activities for Nonfiction

Warm up activities for nonfiction

The above linked article shows tips on getting students interested in nonfiction work. Some of it really just applies to students, but a lot of it can be used by anyone who wants to get into reading nonfiction.

One of the best pieces of advice is to encourage discussion. I do this with bookclubs, so I know that it helps me to get into the books.

I also pick topics that interest me or that I know nothing about. I am big on believing that you should learn something new, constantly. Nonfiction is a great way to do this.

Nonfiction isn’t boring. There are so many parts to it, including history and memoir. Pick up something you are interested in and go for it!

The Secret Life of a Ninja: First Day of School by Arnie Lightning

The Secret Life of a Ninja: First Day of School

The Secret Life of a Ninja: First Day of School by Arnie Lightning
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this up as a freebie.

I had a couple of issues with this book. Why is the 5-year-old on his first day of school so advanced? Why do the kids have to resort to violence in order to take on the bullies?

The story is ok in that the kids work together to help each other, but they probably should have gotten an adult involved.

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

Most of my family and friends are supportive in my education goals. Some are not. These are the ones who ask all of the questions.

I have made it clear that I am getting my degree for bragging rights. I do not plan on changing jobs. I do not want to feel pushed into getting a different job, just because I will have the degree.

One not so supportive friend asked me what I want to be when I grow up. He was stunned when I answered “educated.” Education is never wasted. I hope I’ll finish up this year, though.

School starts again tomorrow.

Cosmoknights by Hannah Templer


Cosmoknights by Hannah Templer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this up for graphic novel bookclub. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

I loved the illustrations, especially how dark they were during the majority of the book. There are a lot of themes running through it, and I really enjoyed that, knowing that life is complicated, and the book ran through all the complications.

My only complaint is that I haven’t gotten my hands on the next book yet. This one kind of left me at a cliffhanger.

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After I posted the initial review, I found out that you can read it online at Cosmoknights. Volume two has been started, with new issues coming out weekly.

Blogging my way through January

Because of school work, and such, I prewrite my blog posts in an attempt to get something published daily. School doesn’t start for another week or so, so I’m writing what I can now, to attempt to fill the days. I think that I can get the end of January done before school starts. I have already started February, since, as usual, February is a themed month.

I’m writing up reviews of books that haven’t been posted yet and getting them scheduled, and I have a few articles that I want to read and comment on. Also, I have thoughts running through my head and I’ll be writing those down, bit by bit. I think it’s doable.

Washington DC history and culture

Washington DC history and culture

On meetups and on eventbrite, there are two groups, Washington DC history and culture, and Baltimore history and culture. They give lectures via Zoom on various historical events and people. They record some of them, but are unable to record the ones that involve music, due to copywrite laws. You’ll have to catch those lectures live. They are well worth it.

Today’s lecture was on Dr. Martin Luthor King, Jr and his speech at the March on Washington for jobs and freedom in 1963. It was recorded and will be posted on YouTube later this week.

They have various lectures already recorded and posted, so you can just search for the groups on YouTube, or you can use the link I posted above.

Again, I stress that these lectures are well worth the time it takes to view them. Be careful, though. You might learn something.