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I’m just a book

It was one of those days.

My students were hard at work creating their Civil War newsletters from the perspective of a northern or southern journalist.  They happily used our wiki lesson and pathfinders, but hundreds of relevant books on our shelves (and on the cart I dragged over) were going unused.

The fact is, for this particular research task, our books pretty much rocked.  And so  I found myself  launching into  impromtu little book puppet shows making specific lonely books talk to specific kids.

About an hour after all that actual book talking, Sean surprised me by bringing in the video gift I joked about needing a couple of weeks ago.

Check out the talking book in I’m Just a Book, starring Ben and Greg. And don’t miss the sweet dance interlude at the end.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Love that they took the initiative to create that! Loved the talking book 😉 and the music!

  2. Sue Piorkowski says:

    That was awesome. Short, sweet and as a child of the 70s who grew up watching Schoolhouse Rock, Loved it!!!

  3. great post and video, I love the work you do with your kids, you set the bar high for the rest of us, we need to continue to work hard to improve our product in schools

    keep up the great work

  4. Wow, who did the fancy guitar work and the singing?? Props to them and to you, Joyce!

  5. Amanda Bond says:

    I like that in both cases – your photo of the impromptu book talk and the video it took someone to put the book into the hands of the person who needed it.

  6. Sandra Carswell says:

    I love it. Does the video have a Creative Commons license? I’d love to post it to my research projects wiki to show before the first project of each grade level next fall.

  7. Sandra, the kids didn’t put the licensing on this one! Darn. I will check with them tomorrow.

  8. Mary Seymour says:

    Do you think your kids would be willing to upload this to TeacherTube? I’d love to show it to my students (and share it with my staff), but YouTube is blocked by our filter…

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