Tips from Margo Dill for Using Dripping Blood Cave in the Classroom

There’s a recent post featuring Dripping Blood Cave & Other Ghostly Stories on this excellent blog, Margo Dill’s Read These Books and Use Them!

I recommend Margo’s blog highly, for all of you interested in good kid-lit titles. She doesn’t just recommend a book. She puts in the time to share detailed insights into why a given book will be useful to teachers and parents (and enjoyed by kids, too!) . . . with ideas for classroom activities using the particular title.

About Dripping Blood Cave, she says, “Kids will love these ghostly adventures.”

She then offers three activities that teachers can do with this book, which uses fun characters interacting with interesting tidbits of Midwestern history in each story. (See: So, what do I do with this book?).

In her previous post, on Rick Riorden’s The Lightning Thief, Dill mentions she’s teaching a course for middle-grade novelists, “Writing a Middle-Grade Novel,” through WOW! Women On Writing.

She includes a great list of some all-time best middle-grade novels. I found many personal favorites on this list!

  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
  • Skellig by David Almond
  • The War With Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith
  • The Gravesavers by Sheree Fitch
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

If you’re interested in good tips for using this type of well-written book in the classroom, check out Margo Dill’s Read These Books and Use Them!

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