As a DC Heath staff developmental editor, I:
- worked simultaneously in English and Spanish on multiple Heath Literacy core and ancillary components.
- managed and developed four Images student Theme Books, Grade 4.
- worked with program authors to prototype ESL component.
- was senior editor for Bibliotecas en Español, K-5, and three accompanying Teacher Guides.
From science to social studies, Images provides a rich variety of theme-related reading — fiction, nonfiction (expository and narrative) and poetry. Designed in a kid-friendly magazine format, every Images theme unit is packed with reading selections and cross-curricular theme-related activities. Big Questions provide a framework to focus classroom discussion, and a final project helps to synthesize students’ discoveries. These flexible units can be used across grade levels.
Paula’s Reflections: As book editor I researched, selected, and outlined all of the content and hired freelance writers. Book examples include:
- Deep Down Underground explored topics ranging from spelunking to the secret world of the snar–nosed mole to futuristic underground cities.
- Get the Word Out examined many aspects of communication from speaking up for a cause to using assistive technology to communicate one’s thoughts and ideas.