Category Archive: Hot Topics

Realistic Children’s Fiction: Loss and Grief, Death and Dying

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Grief and loss is a topic that is difficult to talk about with children. How do you explain death and dying to your young child?  This is a contemporary problem that is relevant… Continue reading

Diverse YA Fiction to Watch for in 2019

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‘Tis the season of dreaming about all the books we’d like to give and receive for the holidays! In the spirit of wish lists and adding to our own reading lists for the… Continue reading

What does the F-Word Really Mean? Exploring Feminist Issues with High School Students

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With topics of feminism and the #MeToo movement all over the news, it’s obvious that women have stories to tell. It’s also obvious that your students are being exposed to the idea of… Continue reading

How Great Books Can Foster Students’ Voices

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Many students across the county have recently demonstrated to the world that teenagers have the power to use their intelligence, passion, and voice to bring attention to issues important to them and to… Continue reading

Feeding Their Passion: Discussing our World through a Dystopian Lens

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What is so special about being a young adult is the passion that is still burning. Young adults have just transitioned out of childhood and that awkward middle age of figuring themselves out,… 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

Review: Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

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Unbecoming by British novelist Jenny Downham follows 3 generations of women, each with fiery red hair and their own secret. The youngest, Katie, has been secretly hiding her sexuality. That is, until she… Continue reading

Bicycles, Books, and Service Learning (Oh my)

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    While splashing through rain puddles, running errands, and joining in group rides—all month long I’ve been pedaling through my pledge to ride my bicycle each and every day of April. It’s called… Continue reading

Buzzing into Spring: Books for a Classroom Project on Bees

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As spring is approaching (a little too soon in Minnesota this year), I can’t help but imagine the project-based learning activities I’d love to do with students if I could magically buzz back… Continue reading

Class Novel: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Aspects of a great class (or group/book club) read: Strong themes Intriguing discussion points Tough aspects of life faced by teens daily Multi-cultural Page-turner As I was recently devouring Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything,… Continue reading