Stockton teacher to autograph book

STOCKTON — Franklin High School English teacher Elizabeth James, co-author with her husband, Bill James, of “Method to the Madness: A Common Core Guide to Creating Critical Thinkers Through the Study of Literature,” will be at the Weberstown Mall Barnes & Noble bookstore in Stockton to sign copies of the book from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 15.

The book is ideal for English teachers who entered the profession in the past 10 years and had previously taught prescribed curriculum geared toward end-of-year bubble tests.

It is designed, Bill James said, to help fellow teachers develop rigorous curriculum that many have not had practice creating in the scripted, test-prep-focused era of No Child Left Behind.

The book signing is part of the couple’s book signing tour over the course of Barnes & Noble Educator Week that runs from Oct. 8-16 across eight stores in Northern California.

Homework help available at library

STOCKTON — Homework Helpers is offered 4 to 6 p.m. most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through May 18 at the Margaret K. Troke Branch Library, 502 W. Benjamin Holt Drive.

The tutoring is provided free for any kindergarten through fifth-grade students who need extra help in various subjects, such as math, reading and science.

Children should bring their homework assignments with them, and tutoring is on a first-come, first-served basis.

No sessions are held between Nov. 24 and Jan. 5.

For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or go to ssjcpl.org.

— The Record