Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Preview – Defining Twilight by Brian Leaf, M. A.


Book Stats from Amazon:

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cliffs Notes (July 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470507438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470507438

    Coming from a background in education (I earned a teaching credential for kindergarten through 12th grade in California) I support any way in which a learner can make the experience fun. Which is in fact one of the most significant pedagogical methods used to help anyone process and remember information at a higher rate and just good old common sense.

    Defining Twilight has been highlighted on both MTV and Teen Vogue.

    Product description for enticing the learner: 
    Can you resist the allure of Edward’s myriad charms—his ocher eyes and tousled hair, the cadence of his speech, his chiseled alabaster skin, and his gratuitous charm? Will you hunt surreptitiously and tolerate the ceaseless deluge in Forks to evade the sun and uphold the facade? Join Edward and Bella as you learn more than 600 vocabulary words to improve your score on the *SAT, ACT®, GED®, and SSAT® exams!

    Use this workbook side-by-side with your own copy of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight!

    • Each chapter of the workbook gives you eight words taken from Twilight, with page references for you to read the words in the context of your favorite novel

    • Define the words on your own before turning back to the workbook for their actual definitions

    • At the end of each section you’ll take SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT drills and quizzes to review and integrate what you’ve learned

    • Plus, you’ll learn synonyms, Latin word parts, and memorization tools throughout the workbook


    About Brian Leaf

    Brian Leaf, M.A., is the author of five books, including Defining Twilight and the four-book SAT and ACT test-prep series McGraw-Hill’s Top 50 Skills. He is Director of the New Leaf Learning Center in Massachusetts, and has provided SAT, ACT, GED, SSAT, and GRE preparation to thousands of students from throughout the United States.
    Brian graduated from Georgetown University in 1993 with a B.A. in Business, English, and Theology. In 1999, he completed a Masters through Lesley College specializing in Holistic Therapies for Attention Deficit Disorder. Brian is a member of the American School Counselor Association and the Massachusetts School Counselors Association and works with the Georgetown University Office of Undergraduate Admissions as an alumni interviewer.  Brian is also a certified yoga instructor and avid meditator.

    Here is the author’s website with further information in his book as well as the upcoming sequel to Defining Twilight, Defining New Moon.

    Since the SAT and ACT are tests within the US the link is only for the US:

    Defining Twilight: Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT

    This book was received from the author for review. Thank you Brian.

    Review coming soon!


    Linds said...

    I admit it; I am a book snob. I didn't and won't read Twilight. That being said, I wouldn't discourage any kid/teenager from reading just about anything. Defining Twilight is a fabulous idea and I hope it lives up to its potential. I'll be watching for your review!

    Unknown said...

    Linds -
    You should - Twilight is such easy fun. I can see why teenagers love it.

    This book Defining Twilight is a thin book so it feels accessible and from the author's credentials I am sure he is using SAT/ACT/etc.... standards.
    Thanks for the comment -

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