Annotated Bibliography

This annotated bibliography contains the following information: (1) the titles and authors of the works of young adult literature that I describe in this book as exemplars of particular grammatical concepts; (2) a key grammatical concept found in each work; (3) the Common Core Standard connected with that concept; (4) an excerpt from that work, found earlier in this book, that demonstrates exactly how the author uses that grammatical concept; and (5) information on the chapter of this book in which the concept is discussed (in case you want to refer back to the text for more information on a concept).

The annotated bibliography is designed to make this book as user-friendly as possible. It is organized alphabetically by author's last name and each entry includes important details designed to help you use literature to teach these grammatical concepts.

Avi (1990). The true confessions of Charlotte Doyle. New York, NY: Harper Trophy.

Title: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Author: Avi

Grammatical Concept: Intensive pronoun use

Related Common Core Standard: L6.1

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"If I wanted to wash things—and I did try—I had to do it myself" (p. 67).

Discussed in Chapter: 1

Berman, L. (2009). The greatest moments in sports. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.

Title: The Greatest Moments in Sports

Author: Len Berman

Grammatical Concept: Intensive pronoun use

Related Common Core Standard: L6.1

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"The crowd went wild. One of those on his feet was Howe himself" (p. 29).

Discussed in Chapter: 1

Brooks, B. (1994). Predator. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.

Title: Predator

Author: Bruce Brooks

Grammatical Concept: Connotation

Related Common Core Standard: L7.5

Excerpts that Demonstrate Concept:

"Not that you ever doubted your superior strength, or your speed, or your craftiness" (p. 29).

"It is easy to see that many predatory animals are smart" (p. 13).

Discussed in Chapter: 8

Bruns, R. (2000). Billy the Kid: Outlaw of the Wild West. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow.

Title: Billy the Kid: Outlaw of the Wild West

Author: Roger Bruns

Grammatical Concept: Passive voice

Related Common Core Standard: L8.1

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"Alexander McSween himself was shot down at the door" (p. 63).

Discussed in Chapter: 10

Another Grammatical Concept in this Text: Active voice

Related Common Core Standard: L8.1

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"On April 30th, 1881, Governor Lew Wallace signed Billy the Kid's death warrant" (p. 89).

Discussed in Chapter: 10

Cartaya, P. (2017). The epic fail of Arturo Zamora. New York, NY: Puffin Books.

Title: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Author: Pablo Cartaya

Grammatical concept: Using phrases and clauses while recognizing and correcting dangling modifiers

Related Common Core Standard: L7.1

Excerpts that Demonstrate Concept:

'"That's right,' I said, wishing she didn't have such a good memory" (p. 16).

"My mom walked over to the couple, said hello, and then turned to walk away, smiling uncomfortably as she tried to get Abuela to follow her" (p-27).

Discussed in Chapter: 6

Clements, A. (2002). Things not seen. New York, NY: Puffin Books.

Title: Things Not Seen

Author: Andrew Clements

Grammatical Concept: Active voice

Related Common Core Standard: L8.1

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"I drop the fleece blanket in the living room" (p. 37).

Discussed in Chapter: 10

Another Grammatical Concept in this Text: Passive voice

Related Common Core Standard: L8.1

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"As you can see, the Taurus has been pushed up onto the sidewalk by the force of multiple impacts" (p. 36).

Discussed in Chapter: 10

Collins, S. (2008). The hunger games. New York, NY: Scholastic.

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Grammatical Concept: Eliminating wordiness through strong verb use

Related Common Core Standard: L7.3

Excerpts that Demonstrate Concept:

"Then (Effie) kisses us each on the cheek and hurries out" (p. 138).

"In the fall, a few brave souls sneak into the woods to harvest apples" (p. 6).

Discussed in Chapter: 7

Another Grammatical Concept in this Text: Eliminating wordiness through specific noun use

Related Common Core Standard: L7.3

Excerpts that Demonstrate Concept:

"Sometimes, when I clean a kill, I feed Buttercup the entrails" (p. 4).

"The hovercraft appears a hundred yards or so away" (p. 318).

"I finally had to kill the lynx because he scared off game" (p. 7).

Discussed in Chapter: 7

DuPrau, J. (2003). The city of ember. New York, NY: Random House Books for Young Readers.

Title: The City of Ember

Author: Jeanne DuPrau

Grammatical Concept: Complex sentences

Related Common Core Standard: L7.1

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"When Lina went to work the next morning, the street was oddly silent" (p. 84).

Discussed in Chapter: 5

Gratz, A. (2017). Refugee. New York, NY: Scholastic.

Title: Refugee

Author: Alan Gratz

Grammatical concept: Using phrases and clauses while recognizing and correcting dangling modifiers

Related Common Core Standard: L7.1

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"She played it salsa for her mother and her father, who had left their homeland, and for her little brother Mariano, who would never know the streets of Havana the way she had" (p. 308).

Discussed in Chapter: 6

Grimes, N. (2002). Bronx masquerade. New York, NY: Dial Books.

Title: Bronx Masquerade

Author: Nikki Grimes

Grammatical Concept: Maintaining consistency in style and tone

Related Common Core Standard: L6.3

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"Future? What I got is right here, right now, spending time with my homeys. Wish there was some future to talk about. I could use me some future" (p. 8).

Discussed in Chapter: 4

Another Grammatical Concept in this Text: Verb moods

Related Common Core Standard: L8.1

Excerpts that Demonstrate Concept:

"I've been drawing pictures all my life" (p. 20) (example of indicative mood).

"Don't call me Jump Shot" (p. 32) (example of imperative mood).

"Lupe, what's wrong?" (p. 66) (example of interrogative mood).

"Tyrone might convince everyone else he's all through with dreaming, but

I know he wants to be a big hip-hop star" (p. 3) (example of conditional mood).

"If I had moves like Devon, I'd be cruising crosscourt with Scottie Pippin!" (p. 33) (example of subjunctive mood).

Discussed in Chapter: 11

Horowitz, A. (2000). Stormbreaker. New York, NY: Speak.

Title: Stormbreaker

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Grammatical Concept: Using proper pronoun case

Related Common Core Standard: L6.1

Excerpts that Demonstrate Concept:

"He took out a pair of Gap combat trousers, Nike sweatshirt and sneakers, got dressed, then sat on the bed and waited" (p. 33) (example of subjective case).

"Alex opened his eyes" (p. 32) (example of possessive case).

"Nobody followed him" (p. 22) (example of objective case).

Discussed in Chapter: 2

Khan, H. (2017). Amina's voice. New York, NY: Salaam Reads.

Title: Amina's Voice

Author: Hena Khan

Grammatical Concept: Intensive pronoun use

Related Common Core Standard: L6.1

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"Mama told me once that she picked my name thinking it would be easiest of all the ones on her list for people in America to pronounce. But she was wrong. The neighbor with the creepy cat still calls me Amelia after living next door for five years. And my last name? Forget about it. I could barely pronounce Khokar myself until I was eight" (p. 10).

Discussed in Chapter: 1

London, J. (1906). The call of the wild, White Fang, and other stories. New York, NY: Penguin.

Title (of Discussed Text): White Fang

Author: Jack London

Grammatical Concept: Using phrases and clauses while recognizing and correcting dangling modifiers

Related Common Core Standard: L7.1

Excerpts that Demonstrate Concept:

"The wolf-dogs, clustered on the far side of the fire, snarled and bickered among themselves, but evinced no inclination to stray off in the darkness" (p. 172).

"A few minutes later, Henry, who was now traveling behind the sled, emitted a low, warning whistle" (p. 185).

Discussed in Chapter: 6

Myers, W.D. (1999). Monster. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Title: Monster

Author: Walter Dean Myers

Grammatical Concept: Using proper pronoun case

Related Common Core Standard: L6.1

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"I wouldn't lie in court" (p. 104) (example of subjective case).

Discussed in Chapter: 2

Myers, W.D. (2001). Bad boy. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Title: Bad Boy

Author: Walter Dean Myers

Grammatical Concept: Using proper pronoun case

Related Common Core Standard: L6.1

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"I traveled, mostly with Mama, to other parts of the city, but nothing matched Harlem" (p. 48) (example of subjective case).

Discussed in Chapter: 2

Napoli, D.J. (1998). Sirena. New York, NY: Scholastic.

Title: Sirena

Author: Donna Jo Napoli

Grammatical Concept: Using phrases and clauses while recognizing and correcting dangling modifiers

Related Common Core Standard: L7.1

Excerpts that Demonstrate Concept:

"Our island, which was once a mass of fragrant yellow lilies, has become an open graveyard" (p. 19).

"Philoctetes gets up and goes to his wooden chest, dug halfway into the ground among the bushes" (p. 116).

Discussed in Chapter: 6

Noah, T. (2019). It's Trevor Noah: Born a crime. Stories from a South

African Childhood. Adapted for young readers. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.

Title: It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime. Stories from a South African Childhood.

Adapted for Young Readers.

Author: Trevor Noah

Grammatical Concept: Using punctuation to indicate a pause or break

Related Common Core Standard: L8.2

Excerpts that Demonstrate Concept:

"When the colonial armies invaded, the Zulu charged into battle with nothing but spears and shields against men with guns" (p. 3).

"If the person who doesn't look like you speaks like you, your brain short-circuits: the racism code of 'if he doesn't look like me he isn't like me' suddenly smashes against the language code of 'if he speaks like me he...is like me'" (p. 50)

"Apartheid—the South African government policy of racial segregation— was genius at convincing people who were the overwhelming majority to turn on each other" (p. 3).

Discussed in Chapter: 12

Phelan, M.K. (1976). The story of the Boston Massacre. New York, NY: Thomas Y. Crowell.

Title: The Story of the Boston Massacre

Author: Mary Kay Phelan

Grammatical Concept: Maintaining consistency in style and tone

Related Common Core Standard: L6.3

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"The law-making body is composed of two houses: the Council, or upper house, and the Assembly, or lower house" (p. 15).

Discussed in Chapter: 4

Pitman, G.E. (2019). The Stonewall Riots: Coming out in the streets. New York, NY: Abrams Books for Young Readers.

Title: The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets

Author: Gayle E. Pitman

Grammatical Concept: Using punctuation to set off nonrestrictive elements

Related Common Core Standard: L6.2

Excerpts that Demonstrate Concept:

"Rita Mae Brown, a lesbian who also identified as a feminist, had difficulty finding a group that addressed all aspects of her identity" (p. 135).

"In the end, 103 people (89 men and 14 women) were arrested and taken to jail" (p. 22).

"The person who led the chant was Craig Rodwell, a gay activist and owner of the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop—the first gay bookstore in the United States" (p. 69).

Discussed in Chapter: 3

Saeed, A. (2018). Amal unbound. New York, NY: Nancy Paulsen Books.

Title: Amal Unbound

Author: Aisha Saeed

Grammatical Concept: Verbals (gerunds, participles, and infinitives)

Related Common Core Standard: L8.1

Excerpts that Demonstrate Concept:

"I loved watching her go over her lessons and rework them based on what worked and what didn't the day before" (p. 3) (example of gerund).

"The sun blazed overhead, warming my chador and my hair beneath it" (p.

6) (example of participle).

"I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up..." (p. 3) (example of infinitive).

"We lined up by the chalkboard at the front of the class to get our tests" (p.

2) (example of infinitive).

Discussed in Chapter: 9

Snicket, L. (1999). The bad beginning. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Title: The Bad Beginning

Author: Lemony Snicket

Grammatical Concept: Maintaining consistency in style and tone

Related Common Core Standard: L6.3

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things happen in the middle" (p. 1).

Discussed in Chapter: 4

Sotomayor, S. (2018). The beloved world of Sonia Sotomayor. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.

Title: The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor

Author: Sonia Sotomayor

Grammatical Concept: Language that expresses ideas precisely and eliminates wordiness and redundancy

Related Common Core Standard: L7.3

Excerpts that Demonstrate Concept:

"I was a watchful child constantly scanning the adults for clues and listening in on their conversations" (p. 18).

"When my father made his first attempt at giving me the insulin shot the day before, his hands were shaking so much I was afraid he would miss my arm and stab me in the face" (p. 5).

Discussed in Chapter: 7

Strasser, T. (1981). The wave. New York, NY: Bantam Doubleday Dell.

Title: The Wave

Author: Todd Strasser

Grammatical Concept: Connotation

Related Common Core Standard: L7.5

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"On weekends he'd visit Indian reservations or spend hours looking for old books in dusty libraries" (p. 33).

Discussed in Chapter: 8

Takei, G. (2019). They called us enemy. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions.

Title: They Called Us Enemy

Author: George Takei

Grammatical Concept: Simple sentence

Related Common Core Standard: L7.1

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"My parents met in California" (p. 11).

Discussed in Chapter: 5

Another Grammatical Concept in this Text: Compound sentence

Related Common Core Standard: L7.1

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"He would call her Mama from then on, and she would call him Daddy" (p. 12).

Discussed in Chapter: 5

Another Grammatical Concept in this Text: Complex sentence

Related Common Core Standard: L7.1

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"Whenever we would approach a town, we were forced to draw the shade" (p. 40).

Discussed in Chapter: 5

Another Grammatical Concept in this Text: Compound-complex

sentence

Related Common Core Standard: L7.1

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"After he was attacked, the people of Manzanar assumed they'd seen the last of Herbert... but sure enough, the next month on that same date, Herbert was back at Manzanar with more books" (p. 146-147).

Discussed in Chapter: 5

Westerfield, S. (2004). Midnighters: The secret hour. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Title: Midnighters: The Secret Hour

Author: Scott Westerfield

Grammatical Concept: Connotation

Excerpt that Demonstrates Concept:

"It wasn't just the unfamiliar house; the Oklahoma night itself felt wrong" (p-16).

Discussed in Chapter: 8

Woodson, J. (2000). Miracle's boys. New York, NY: Speak.

Title: Miracle's Boys

Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Grammatical Concept: Verb moods

Related Common Core Standard: L8.1

Excerpts that Demonstrate Concept:

"You thinking about Mama?" (p. 28) (example of interrogative mood).

"I lay back on my bed and listened to my brother Newcharlie talking" (p. 1) (example of indicative mood).

"Charlie, don't cry. Please don't cry" (p. 41). (example of imperative mood).

Discussed in Chapter: 11

Zusak, M. (2005). The book thief. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.

Title: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Grammatical Concept: Using punctuation to indicate a pause or break

Related Common Core Standard: L8.2

Excerpts that Demonstrate Concept:

"If he's turned into a Nazi—which is very likely—I'll just turn around"

(p. 125).

"When it came to stealing, Liesel and Rudy first stuck with the idea that there was safety in numbers" (p. 272).

Discussed in Chapter: 12

 
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