Category Archive: Language Arts

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

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

Review: Ancient and Epic Tales from Around the World ~The Odyssey

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Now that it is the beginning of October and I have to concede that fall is finally here, I really wanted to talk about a book that was seasonal or just a little… Continue reading

The Write Way

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Without great writing, the types of quality titles that Mackin and other book publishers/sellers put out on a consistent basis would not exist. As such, this Spark Post looks at the importance of… 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

Teaching Picture Books in MS/HS

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As someone who has only taught secondary education, I can’t help but see every book through that middle school/high school lens…even picture books. And, oh how fun it is! As an adult, I… Continue reading

Using Memoirs in the Secondary Classroom

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If I could have one lasting impact on the world, it would be to spread a deep understanding of others, which I believe would undoubtedly grow compassion. If we understood every aspect of… Continue reading

Review: The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus

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Ok, here’s a scenario I’m wondering if anyone can relate to besides me.   Let’s say you’re getting ready to go out for the evening, maybe you’ve gotten dressed-up for the occasion, but just… Continue reading