Category Archive: Historical

Stories in Verse

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I love stories in verse. As the summer reading program director at my two sons’ elementary school, I found these types of novels are the easiest to get a student interested in reading for fun. In a PBS NewsHour interview, Jason Reynolds, the award winning young adult literature author, shares his ideas on how poetry can get more young people interested in reading. And I couldn’t agree with him more.

It was a Book before it was a Movie

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Books allow us to go beyond the movie, to dig deeper with more details shared by the author. They also give readers more opportunities to use their imaginations.

Make ’em Laugh with Elementary Fiction

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I’ll admit, sometimes I get fatigued reading serious, realistic fiction in my free time. It’s just nice picking up a book you know is going to make you smile and will be a… Continue reading

WARNING! You May Die of Dysentery

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          As a child of the 90’s, I cannot help but feel nostalgic when coming across The Oregon Trail: Choose your Own Trail series by Jesse Wiley. This series is… Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Frankenstein!

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In 2018, we’re celebrating the 200th anniversary of the original publication of Frankenstein! Even though this book is two centuries old, it’s not hard to imagine it as being written in our contemporary… Continue reading

Story In Verse: Poetic Form & Fiction

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Narrative Poet, Teller of tales within verse. A heartbeat’s snapshot. With National Poetry Month just around the corner, reading and writing poetry has been on my mind lately. Humans have been telling stories in… Continue reading

Teaching the Refugee Experience

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There seem to be many opinions all over the world about refugees, where they should go and how people should help. There are times when myths and misconceptions shape these opinions due to… Continue reading

Native American Heritage Month

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When I was a sixth grade teacher, one thing I always wanted more of were good books that opened up a dialogue with students about a variety of historical topics. I wanted more… Continue reading

Finding Hope In Ashes: A Guest Post From Laurie Halse Anderson

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In 2008 & 2010, author Laurie Halse Anderson released the first two historical fiction novels of the Seeds of America trilogy: Chains & Forge. Just recently (late 2016), the finale of the series–Ashes–was… Continue reading

New Middle School Graphic Novels

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I have always enjoyed reading graphic novels since I was in elementary school when my Dad first introduced me into the world of Marvel. I have recently found a few graphic novels from… Continue reading