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Deborah K. Frontiera

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Books
· The Nature of Life

· Fighting CPS: Guilty Until Proven Innocent of Child Protective Services Cha

· Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: When Earth Grows Warmer

· Copper Country Chronicler: The Best of J.W. Nara

· Living on Sisu: The 1913 Union Copper Strike Tragedy

· Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: A Night with Echo

· Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: A Visit with Canis Lupis

· The Chronicles of Henry Roach-Dairier: The Re-creation of Roacheria

· The Chronicles of Henry Roach-Dairier: New South Dairy Colony 50

· The Chronicles of Henry Roach-Dairier: To Build a Tunnel


Short Stories
· Lessons from an Old Dog

· Critter Twitter

· The Re-creation of Roacheria

· New South Dairy Colony 50

· To Build A Tunnel


Articles
· Eric: When Earth Grows Warmer Unit

· Wild Life and My Muse

· Living on Sisu: Extra Student Projects

· Living on Sisu: Student Activity Pages Part Three

· Living on Sisu: Student Activity Pages Part Two

· Living on Sisu Student Activity Pages Part 1

· Teacher Resources for Living on Sisu

· Teaching Unit: A Night with Echo

· Affording an Author Visit on a Tight School Budget

· Integrated Unit for Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: A Visit with Canis Lupis


Poetry
· Modern Pterydactyl

· Twilight

· Autum's Ardor

· Ice Sculptor

· Honey Bee

· Fantasy's Front Door

· Ancient Wisdom

· Geology of Life

· Mosquito

· Home Town

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News
· Girl Scouts Earn Badge in Frontiera's Workshop

· Frontiera Has Full Week of School Visits

· New Book Coming this Fall

· Houston Area Authors Learn about the Kroger Author Program

· Michigan Students Learn Writing Process

· Eric and the Enchanted Leaf Is World Wide

· Fighting CPS Receives Good Reviews


Events
· Dogwood Book Festival

· Drop Everything And Read Texas

· Summer 2015 Events in Michigan's UP

· Word Wranglers Festival

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Students at Calumet Middle School Study Living on Sisu

12/3/2009 6:53:00 PM

by Deborah K. Frontiera


A Middle School Teacher in Calumet, MI, emails author Deborah K. Frontiera while using unit materials uploaded from this web site.

 

Students at Calumet Middle School Study Living on Sisu
 
During the summer of 2009, Public Schools of Calumet Laurium Keweenaw purchased class sets of Deborah Frontiera’s book, Living on Sisu: The 1913 Union Copper Strike Tragedy for use during the 2009/10 school year in multiple grades. Seventh grade Language Arts teacher Amy Machiela downloaded the free teaching materials developed for use by several grade levels provided in the “Articles” section of Frontiera’s web site: www.authorsden.com/deborahkfrontiera The materials are in four separate PDF files, one with teacher materials and three with student activity pages which may be copied in class sets. These pages may be used in elementary classrooms as class work, homework or assessment. Middle school teachers will find the pages just right for “pick it up at the door and finish in five minutes” activities to settle students into learning mode.
Calumet schools are in the heart of the setting of Living on Sisu. Frontiera had made an author visit to Calumet middle school students in May of 2009 to help launch the book. Ms. Machiela had mentioned at the time that students there could look out the school windows and see the Miscowaubik Club and walk a few blocks to the memorial park where the Italian Hall once stood, so she looked forward to using the book to combine Language Arts and Social Studies. She and Frontiera have kept in touch by email since then and Frontiera promised to answer any questions by email that the students had.
In early December, 2009, Frontiera received the following email from Ms. Machiela:
“We just finished reading the second ‘chunk’ of Sisu (page 75). The kids are OUT OF CONTROL with excitement and ideas. The enthusiasm is enough to last me the rest of my life! I love this. This week, we went over to the library’s local history/mining/Calumet section. Deb Oyler [the librarian] helped the kids out with choosing a topic from Sisu: a key word that they were especially interested in (Finnish, Swedetown, copper, etc.). Then she talked about indexes. The students all found two photos, articles, or just ideas from the files and books about these topics to share with the class the following day. They didn’t want to stop! Soon, we will be going to the computer lab to do a Webquest. After that, the kids will be sending some emails to you with questions. I’ve found the unit to be VERY helpful, but when you teach up here, the book really teaches itself. Well done.”
While the book is especially relevant to grades four and seven in Michigan when State history is the focus of Social Studies classes, other states will find its message equally enticing for studying the early 20th Century, the beginnings of labor unions and workers’ rights, and to compare immigration issues over the last 100 years.
Frontiera will return to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in May of 2010 and for the summer
and hopes to be able to visit Calumet students again. She is making a special offer to all schools in the area: she will do a free author visit for any school that purchases a class set of Living on Sisu and helps pay her travel expenses. From May 15, 2010 to the end of that school year, U.P. schools within a three hour drive from Houghton will have no travel expense. U.P. schools farther than three hours should provide the cost of twenty-five gallons of gas. Frontiera is willing to extend this offer to schools in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and across the USA any time during a school year, but regular travel expenses would apply to those schools and would vary with the distance and mode of travel. Frontiera and her publisher also offer special discounts from the retail price of the book for schools buying class sets.
           
When doing these visits, Frontiera comes dressed in period costume and begins by telling a few stories of her own grandmother (great-great-grandmother to students today) and other direct connections between her family and the story. She discusses the research and writing process, use of primary and secondary sources, and the special challenge of writing historical fiction. She challenges students to find out about their own community’s history. Schools interested should contact the author through her web site, providing a name, phone number and email so she can contact the school to make detailed arrangements.
 

 

Award-winning Author/Speaker for Children and Adults Deborah K. Frontiera


More News by Deborah K. Frontiera

· Girl Scouts Earn Badge in Frontiera's Workshop - 2/3/2015 1:08:00 PM
· Frontiera Has Full Week of School Visits - 9/21/2014 8:38:00 AM
· New Book Coming this Fall - 7/13/2014 10:07:00 AM
· Houston Area Authors Learn about the Kroger Author Program - 5/1/2013 11:03:00 AM
· Michigan Students Learn Writing Process - 9/18/2012 10:41:00 AM
· Eric and the Enchanted Leaf Is World Wide - 8/4/2012 7:36:00 AM
· Fighting CPS Receives Good Reviews - 4/23/2012 6:23:00 AM
· New Book for Finlandia University Has Been Released - 4/9/2012 10:26:00 AM
· Urban Park Elementary Students Benefit from Author Visit - 4/23/2011 6:54:00 PM
· Living on Sisu Wins First Place in Purple Dragonfly Awards - 9/15/2010 11:06:00 AM
· All Four Eric Adventures Now Live on iTunes - 9/1/2010 5:51:00 PM
· Second Grade Class Goes Batty - 12/5/2008 11:23:00 AM
· A Visit with Canis Lupis WINS the North Texas Book Festival Award - 3/19/2007 6:18:00 PM
· Praise and Award Nomination for Eric and the Enchanted Leaf - 12/23/2004 4:40:00 PM

Books by
Deborah K. Frontiera



The Nature of Life

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Copper Country Chronicler: The Best of J.W. Nara

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Living on Sisu: The 1913 Union Copper Strike Tragedy

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Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: When Earth Grows Warmer





Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: A Night with Echo

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The Chronicles of Henry Roach-Dairier: The Re-creation of Roacheria

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Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: A Visit with Canis Lupis

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