Books in verse for middle school

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Ancient Mesopotamia: Portrait of a Dead Civilization by A. Leo Oppenheim

This splendid work of scholarship . . . sums up with economy and power all that the written record so far deciphered has to tell about the ancient and complementary civilizations of Babylon and Assyria.—Edward B. Garside, New York Times Book Review

Ancient Mesopotamia—the area now called Iraq—has received less attention than ancient Egypt and other long-extinct and more spectacular civilizations. But numerous small clay tablets buried in the desert soil for thousands of years make it possible for us to know more about the people of ancient Mesopotamia than any other land in the early Near East.

Professor Oppenheim, who studied these tablets for more than thirty years, used his intimate knowledge of long-dead languages to put together a distinctively personal picture of the Mesopotamians of some three thousand years ago. Following Oppenheims death, Erica Reiner used the authors outline to complete the revisions he had begun.

To any serious student of Mesopotamian civilization, this is one of the most valuable books ever written.—Leonard Cottrell, Book Week

Leo Oppenheim has made a bold, brave, pioneering attempt to present a synthesis of the vast mass of philological and archaeological data that have accumulated over the past hundred years in the field of Assyriological research.—Samuel Noah Kramer, Archaeology

A. Leo Oppenheim, one of the most distinguished Assyriologists of our time, was editor in charge of the Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute and John A. Wilson Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Chicago.
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Top Ten Middle Grade Novels in Verse by Kaitlyn Ilinitch

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I absolutely love novels in verse. As a student, I had always been drawn to poetry, but ever since I read Brown Girl Dreaming in , my love for poetry has grown immensely. What is so great about novels in verse is that they tell stories but also allow readers to contemplate the power of words or lack of words. I book talk this genre often to my 7th grade students for the following reasons:. Below are my top ten middle grade novels in verse. These are titles that I often recommend to students. They are in no particular order.

Here, she shares how the experience impacted her personally, plus why she believes novels in verse are so important to teach. The spacing and line breaks create rhythm, a helpful musicality, a natural flow. The separate stanzas aid in perpetuating a kind of incremental reading, one small chunk at a time. And the white space, for an intimidated reader, adds breathability to a seemingly suffocating task. Need to take a breath? Know a reader who needs to escape the suffocation of an overwhelming novel? Pick up a novel in verse.

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