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Chatting with Jason Reynolds

Chatting with Jason Reynolds

Gene Luen Yang sits down with award-winning YA author Jason Reynolds. There's lots to hear in this lively conversation between two writers — listen in!
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Introducing & Reading Poetry with ELLs

Introducing & Reading Poetry with ELLs

Poetry is so versatile, which makes it a great form to use in the ELL classroom. Learn how to introduce poetry to ELLs and integrate it with reading instruction.
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Booklist: Novels in Verse

Booklist: Novels in Verse

Largely for the tween and young teen audience, the plots can be as varied as prose. Here are some of the best from the last few years.
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Meet Poet Kwame Alexander

Meet Poet Kwame Alexander

Listen in as Alexander, an award-winning poet and author, reads excerpts from The Crossover and He Said, She Said.
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Poetry Friday: Meet Sylvia Vardell

Poetry Friday: Meet Sylvia Vardell

In this interview with, Vardell talks about her collaboration with Janet Wong to compile the Poetry Friday Anthology series
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Featured reading comprehension strategy

Seed Discussion

A Seed Discussion is a two-part strategy used to teach students how to engage in discussions about assigned readings. In the first part, students read selected text and identify "seeds" or key concepts of a passage which may need additional explanation. In the second part, students work in small groups to present their "seeds" to one another. Each "seed" should be thoroughly discussed before moving on to the next.
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Featured Resources

Newsela: Read Closely. Think Critically. Be Worldly.

Newsela is an online service designed to build reading comprehension using nonfiction that's always relevant – the daily news. Each story is tailored to be understandable yet challenging to students at different reading levels.
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Take the Reading Without Walls Challenge!

This month, the Library of Congress and the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang, formally announced the “Reading Without Walls” challenge:
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School Matters:
A Blog by Karin Chenoweth

Organizing Schools Around Learning

People who haven't hung around schools much might be puzzled by the essential argument that I am making in my new book, Schools That Succeed, which is that schools should be organized in ways to ensure that all students learn a great deal. They might think: "They're schools! What else would they be organized around?"
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Featured Glossary Term


The vowel and all that follows it in a monosyllabic (one-syllable) word. For example, the rime of bag is -ag; and the rime of swim is -im.
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Research & News

Study: Black Students More Likely to Graduate If They Have One Black Teacher
Education Week

Tech Tidbits for National Poetry Month
School Library Journal

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