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Shirley Jordan (1930-) Biography - Personal, Career, Writings, Sidelights

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Born 1930, in Poughkeepsie, NY; Ethnicity: "Anglo." Education: University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1951; California State University, Fullerton, M.S., 1977. Politics: Independent. Religion: Lutheran.

Shirley Jordan

Career

Educator and author. Has worked as a teacher, project manager, vice principal, and principal.

Writings

"MOMENTS IN HISTORY" SERIES

World War II, Perfection Learning (Logan, IA), 1999.

The American Revolution, Perfection Learning (Logan, IA), 1999.

Pioneer Days, Perfection Learning (Logan, IA), 1999.

The Civil War, Perfection Learning (Logan, IA), 1999.

America's Early Settlers, Perfection Learning (Logan, IA), 2000.

Ancient Egypt, Perfection Learning (Logan, IA), 2000.

Explorers to the New World, Perfection Learning (Logan, IA), 2000.

From Smoke Signals to Email, Perfection Learning (Logan, IA), 2000.

The Aztec Civilization, Perfection Learning (Logan, IA), 2001.

The Mayan Civilization, Perfection Learning (Logan, IA), 2001.

Pirates and Privateers in the New World, Perfection Learning (Logan, IA), 2001.

The Pony Express: Heroes in the Saddle, Perfection Learning (Logan, IA), 2001.

California Gold Rush, Perfection Learning (Logan, IA), 2003.

JUVENILE NONFICTION

America's Early Settlers, Perfection Learning (Logan, IA), 2002.

The American Flag, Perfection Learning Corporation (Logan, IA), 2003.

Disasters of the Ancient World, Perfection Learning Corporation (Logan, IA), 2003.

America's Greatest Natural Disasters, Perfection Learning Corporation (Logan, IA), 2003.

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Perfection Learning Corporation (Logan, IA), 2004.

OTHER

To a Foreign Shore (novel), Perfection Learning Corporation (Logan, IA), 2004.

Contributor of travel articles to newspapers and magazines in the United States and Canada.

Sidelights

Shirley Jordan is the author of Explorers to the New World and The American Revolution, among various other titles in the "Moments in History" series. In the former title Jordan introduces young readers to explorers who discovered new lands and formerly unknown cultures. Dedicating chapters to people like Christopher Columbus, Cabeza de Vaca, and the Vikings, she provides readers with an in-depth look into the lives of these individuals, who can be credited with establishing the groundwork for many modern-day societies. According to Helen Rosenberg in Booklist, "students who read the book from cover to cover will get a sense of the progression of exploration."

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Booklist, May 15, 2000, Helen Rosenberg, review of Explorers to the New World, p. 1740.

School Library Journal, January, 2000, Cathryn A. Camper, review of Ancient Egypt, p. 148.

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