…Ms. Rosen

Sophie Rosen . . .

is a teacher with almost 40 years experience teaching kindergarten through grade 8 in both library and classroom settings, including a year as teacher/principal of a one-room school in rural British Columbia.

She has a B.G.S. and an M.Ed. (Children’s Literature) from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.

Publications: various articles and units,  including a unit on WW 2 for grades 7-8 (S & S Learning Materials) and a book: Novel Strategies for Young Adults (Libraries Unlimited, 1992).

When she’s not reading or teaching, she enjoys being outdoors.

High Pass Trail

(photo by S. Abegg)

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9 thoughts on “…Ms. Rosen

  1. Thank you very much for letting me know that the information and ideas are useful. Do let me know if there is anything else in particular that would be helpful.
    Wishing you all the best as we carry on teaching through this pandemic!

  2. I just found your website Ms. Rosen and I am blown away by it! The amount of material and all the time and work you’ve put into it is incredible. So many great resources that I can use directly in my classroom. Thank you!

  3. Hello Kamryn!
    It is lovely to hear from you. I’m glad to hear you are in college and doing well.
    I still remember you from middle school and am glad to hear that you remember The Journey to Joy. Reminding myself of the qualities on the Bridge of Character continues to help me when I start to become impatient with events in life.
    All the best on your journey!
    Ms R.

  4. It’s been a long time since I was taught by you. I still think about and apply some of your teachings to my life now that I’m in college. The Journey To Joy is something that holds a special place in my heart!

    Thank you for your help and encouragement, especially everything you taught me to better my listening skills in class as a way to combat my APD.

  5. Thank you for writing, Roshan!
    I have fond memories of you and your classmates. Learning is so much fun, and there is always more to discover. I wish you much success in your endeavours and endless amazement at the wonders of life.
    best regards,
    Ms. R. : )

  6. Have not been on this site in a very long time. Brought back many great memories. Hope you are doing well Ms.Rosen, wanted to thank you for vastly improving my reading and writing when I was in your class :).

    Roshan Gosal
    (Grade 8 class joint class with Mr. A and yourself)

  7. Hello,
    ‘What We Remember’ does appear to be a book for students in grades 4 to 6. The style and size of the font, the large empty margins and widely spaced lines of print, the simple discussion questions, and the tone of the writing are all features of books for relatively young students . However, many students in grades 7 and 8 are not competent readers. Many of them read at a third to fourth grade level. So, while middle school students might not voluntarily choose this book, they would willingly use it for a project if it is given to them by a teacher. Especially when they see other books which are much longer and have much smaller print. Especially if the teacher presents it in this way, “I have just the book for you. It looks like it’s for younger kids, but it is actually full of very good information. Would you be willing to read it? It will show you what it felt like to live back then.”

    By the way, if you are looking for other nonfiction books on the theme of war and peace, you might like to try these: ‘Who was Ghandi?’ by Dana Meachen Rau; ‘Who was Ann Frank?’ by Ann Abramson; ‘Who was Nelson Mandela’ by Pam Pollack. All three of them are part of a fantastic easy-to-read series that appeals to middle school students who prefer nonfiction over fiction. I’m sure you’ve also seen the poetry book ‘Peaceful Pieces: Poems and Quilt about Peace’ by Anna G. Hines. And ‘Paths to Peace: People Who Changed the World’ by Jane B. Zalben. There are so many great books!

    And if you haven’t read it yet, try this novel which tends to appeal to competent readers in grade eight because there’s a hint of romance in it: ‘A Bottle in the Gaza Sea’ by Valerie Zenatti.

    All the best on your project, and let me know if you’d like any other suggestions!

  8. Hi Ms. Rosen,

    I’m a student working on my Library and Information Technician Diploma. Currently I’m working on a collection development project on the subject of war and peace for middle school students. I’m trying to find some more information on the book What We Remember by Lesley Anne Airth. I’m wondering if this would be appropriate for middle school (grades 6-8) or would you consider it to be for younger readers? My books need to have curriculum connections and are meant to be used for research projects, and facilitate discussions on Remembrance day, war/peace/conflict. Would you say this book fits? Thanks so much for your time!

  9. Aloha, Ms. Rosen,

    Please tell Luisa of Eighth Grade that her essay on my SILENT MUSIC was one of the most thoughtful and well-presented I have ever read. Thank you for posting what she wrote.


    James Rumford (jamesrumford.com)

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