Teacher's Guide to the Bluford Series: Vol 1 and 2

Teacher's Guide to the Bluford Series: Vol 1 and 2

Author: Eliza A. Comodromos and Ruth Rouff

ISBN/SKU: 1-59194-078-8

Year: 2013

Page Count: 593

Reading Level: 6-8


Weight: 2.150

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This comprehensive two-volume guidebook contains a range of practical, hands-on activities to accompany ALL twenty novels in the Bluford Series. These materials fulfill key benchmarks from the Common Core State Standards, including College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading and Writing as well as Reading and Writing Standards for Literature in Grades 6-12. The guidebook allows teachers to use the Bluford Series to give students practice in reading comprehension, vocabulary enrichment, critical thinking, and paragraph/essay writing. Get details about the Bluford Series and the Common Core State Standards here 


NOTE: This two volume guide is available FREE upon request for orders of 100 or more Bluford books. Please send a request referencing your order # if you'd like us to ship a free teacher's guide to you. Requests should be e-mailed to us at orders@townsendpress.com. 

What is the Bluford Series? A Gateway to Reading!

The Bluford Series is a collection of high-interest novels that have captivated teens nationwide. Set in fictional Bluford High, a tough but nurturing inner city high school, the novels speak to the interests, struggles, and concerns of today’s 5th–10th graders. Praised by faculty, parents, and students alike, the Bluford Series has transformed entire classrooms into reading zones. A frequent choice for school- and city-wide reading initiatives, the series has been widely reviewed in the Journal for Adolescent and Adult Literacy (JAAL) and repeatedly endorsed by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

Key Features of the Bluford Series

Relevant topics: Topics, themes, and situations in the Bluford Series engage students’ real-life experiences. By having direct relevance to students’ lives, the books immediately hook readers.

Exciting and uplifting stories: The Bluford Series celebrates teenage characters who make positive choices, especially when such actions are difficult or unpopular. Readers become emotionally engaged in each character’s struggle and often cheer in triumph when it is resolved!

Common Core Aligned: The activities and support materials in the Teacher's Guide to the Bluford Series address a wide range of Common Core State Standards.  Used together, the Bluford Series and the Teacher's Guide to the Bluford Series are a powerful Language Arts resource for students. Get details about the Bluford Series and the Common Core Standards here

Accessible writing style: Bluford novels are written to appeal to intermediate readers. While content in the series is sophisticated enough for high-school students and beyond, the reading level for the novels is between 5th and 6th grade.

Short length: Each novel in the Bluford Series contains fewer than 200 pages. This modest length encourages readers to finish their book. And once they read one, most students want to continue—a pivotal step toward becoming regular readers!

Continuity and depth: While each novel stands on its own, many characters and conflicts carry over from book to book. Readers are drawn into a complex fictional world they want to explore.

Broad appeal: Action, suspense, mystery, and romance fill the pages of the Bluford Series, offering something for all readers—boys and girls alike.

Great price: Every novel in the Bluford Series is available at $2 each—an unbeatable value!