The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity

Strogatz, Steven

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Flesch–Kincaid

7.1

Description

This text gives various examples in how math can be used in daily life and throughout history. The author gives explanations of certain theories while telling a story. He presents that may at times be a little silly or strange even, but are far more useful than most ideas presented in textbooks that are used in school.

Readability

The readability given by the Flesch-Kinkaid model was a 7.1. I feel that this is reasonable for my classroom considering that Algebra 1 is usually a seventh or eighth grade class. Some of the sections in this book may have be geared towards a higher reading level than others, simply based on the story or example that the author is giving at that time. I feel like this can be beneficial to the students as they can take it upon themselves to pick an excerpt that is suitable for their own level. Also this book has plenty of illustrations, which I think is very helpful in allowing the students to understand the concepts in which he discusses.

Use in Class

I feel that it is very important for students to understand the applications and importance of math outside the classroom. I would use this text as a resource for students to gather information on how math can be used in daily lives. They will have to pick a section from this book to study. They will then be required to submit a short write up on the subject, explaining the application and its importance in their own words. In class I would have each student present the topic they chose, during which we will discuss the topic and whether or not the class thinks it is an applicable topic or not and why. The purpose of this exercise will be to broaden the students horizons on the importance and use of mathematics.

Unit Focus

Math

Submitted by Leah Powell

Scar tissue

Kiedis, Anthony

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Kiedis, A., & Sloman, L. (2004). Scar tissue. New York: Hyperion.

Flesch–Kincaid

8

Description

This text is a autobiography by a man named Anthony Kiedis who happens to be the lead singer of a very famous band called the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The name of the band he is involved in is enough to get student in the 10th grade interested. He writes about how is fast paced lifestyle was a roller coaster to say the least. A son to a drug dealer in the 60’s and 70’s and college drop out he  writes about the struggles he’s had and how it has effected his life for the best and for the worst. The biggest moral of this book is everyone can struggle to addiction even at the top of the world in one of the biggest bands of the 90’s. By the end of the book Anthony shifts gears to his path to recovery and its becomes a moving story from a role model figure to some american students.

Readability

The readability of this publication on the Flesch-Kincaid scale is on a 8th grade level, which i think is a good somewhat challenging read for some of the weaker readers while still intriguing the more advanced readers because of the nature of the author and the famous nature of him. The readability is on a 8th grade level somewhat because of the low syllable per word(1.3) but it has a 21.5 word per sentence as well so it challenges comprehension.

Use in Class

I would assign chapters of this book due to some of the content and language used but i believe the connection that could be made to students through this book would be inspiring. Chapter reviews and assessments such as quizzes and test would be used, I also could use this book as way to connect the dots of drug abuse becoming a problem, Anthony almost lost everything when his drug abuse became more important then everything he worked so hard for his whole life and at the publication of the book had been 4 years sober.

Unit Focus

Health

Submitted by Christian Kelley

Beautiful Boy: A fathers journey through his sons addiction

Sheff, David

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Sheff, D. (2008). Beautiful boy: A father’s journey through his son’s addiction. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Flesch–Kincaid

3.5

Description

This text is a memoir written by author David Sheff. The book covers the struggles of addition on David’s son oldest son Nic. Its a first hand look on addiction from a loving parents and all the struggles the disease of addiction can cause. He documents all kinds of things his own son did during his addiction from stealing money from his family to being arrested in front of his younger siblings and speaks on what a danger his son had become on his own family. Sheff has a conflict throughout the memoir wondering if it is his fault or if he did something different would Nic have been a different person. Through out the book Nic attends many rehab centers and many times he relapses but when the book was published David tells the audience Nic has been sober for one year. He believes and hopes it is the last time Nic, his family and himself will have to o through the terrible disease called addiction, but also knows it is a disease and Nic could struggle and fall again to its clutches.

 

Readability

This book is carries a Flesch-Kincaid grade level score of 3.5. Which is a low score for the 10th grade focus but the writing is very heart felt and really conveys the value of a support system and also shows the real life struggle that drugs can create. It also is low due to a low syllables per word of 1.2 per word and 12.1 word per sentence. I think it would be suitable for 10th graders because it is a real story and they might be able to create their own values and create their own views on drug abuse while using this story as a prevention method.

Use in Class

I would use this book as a in class text set and select chapters to read while creating critical thinking discussion questions.I also can have a end of the book assessment as in a presentation, essay, written test, or even a book report. This book has many options to how it can be assessed but i think the memoir could really reach the students,

Unit Focus

Health

Submitted by Christian Kelley

Beautiful Boy: A fathers journey through his sons addiction

Sheff, David

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Sheff, D. (2008). Beautiful boy: A father’s journey through his son’s addiction. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Flesch–Kincaid

3.5

Description

This text is a memoir written by author David Sheff. The book covers the struggles of addition on David’s son oldest son Nic. Its a first hand look on addiction from a loving parents and all the struggles the disease of addiction can cause. He documents all kinds of things his own son did during his addiction from stealing money from his family to being arrested in front of his younger siblings and speaks on what a danger his son had become on his own family. Sheff has a conflict throughout the memoir wondering if it is his fault or if he did something different would Nic have been a different person. Through out the book Nic attends many rehab centers and many times he relapses but when the book was published David tells the audience Nic has been sober for one year. He believes and hopes it is the last time Nic, his family and himself will have to o through the terrible disease called addiction, but also knows it is a disease and Nic could struggle and fall again to its clutches.

 

Readability

This book is carries a Flesch-Kincaid grade level score of 3.5. Which is a low score for the 10th grade focus but the writing is very heart felt and really conveys the value of a support system and also shows the real life struggle that drugs can create. It also is low due to a low syllables per word of 1.2 per word and 12.1 word per sentence. I think it would be suitable for 10th graders because it is a real story and they might be able to create their own values and create their own views on drug abuse while using this story as a prevention method.

Use in Class

I would use this book as a in class text set and select chapters to read while creating critical thinking discussion questions.I also can have a end of the book assessment as in a presentation, essay, written test, or even a book report. This book has many options to how it can be assessed but i think the memoir could really reach the students,

Unit Focus

Health

Submitted by Christian Kelley