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Friday Link Roundup

No Child Left Behind was one of those wonderful and increasingly rare things that everyone could agree on—conservatives and liberals, teachers and business groups, parents and students, politicos at the state and federal level. Nobody liked it. Calling it a … Continue reading

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The Fault in Our Schools: A Teacher Reflects on Censorship and the Power of Books

By Ann Camacho, editor of Bookmarked, a collection of teen essays According to the American Library Association, “Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read . . . in shared support of the freedom to seek … Continue reading

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Summertime and the Reading Is Easy

By Ann Camacho, editor of Bookmarked, a collection of teen essays Summer! Reading! Hmmm . . . what’s wrong with that sequence of words? Maybe your teenage students would tell you exactly what mine tell me: Summer has nothing to … Continue reading

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Revision and Relationships

by Keith Hefner, publisher and executive director of Youth Communication When students revise their writing—an important Common Core skill—they get the chance to reflect further on their topics and sharpen their ideas. However, even eager writers can balk at rewriting a … Continue reading

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The Common Core, Hard-to-Reach Students, and the Personal Essay

by Keith Hefner, publisher and executive director of Youth Communication When I first read the Common Core State Standards for language arts, I was impressed with the thoroughness, and with the emphasis on reading and writing nonfiction. The standards aligned … Continue reading

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