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Get Students Excited About Reading Nonfiction

By Shannon Anderson author of Penelope Perfect It’s easy to get kids excited about reading fiction books, like the Pete  the Cat series, due to the rhythm, humor, and art. A book like Charlotte’s Web hooks you with emotion and characters … 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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Common Core-fuffle?

By Jim Delisle, coauthor of Building Strong Writers in Middle School and The Gifted Teen Survival Guide. I’m not sure how to spell “kerfuffle”—indeed, I’m not even sure it’s a real word—but if it is real, then there is a … 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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