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Full of Beans: An Interview with Jennifer Holm

Full of Beans: An Interview with Jennifer Holm

Meet Newbery Honor winner Jennifer Holm, co-authored a of graphic novels Babymouse, Squish, and The Stink Files.

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Understanding Craft and Structure

Understanding Craft and Structure

In this lesson, history teacher Johanna Heppeler guides her students through a process of "sourcing a document."

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Booklist: History and Culture

Booklist: History & Culture

A committee of YALSA librarians curated this booklist to open doors on new worlds, exciting ideas, eccentric personalities, unfamiliar cultures, and distant time periods.

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A Conversation with Patrick Ness

A Conversation with Patrick Ness

In his latest Reading Without Walls video blog, Gene sits down with writer Patrick Ness — author of the award-winning middle grade book, A Monster Calls, science fiction trilogy Chaos Walking, and The Rest of Us Just Live Here.
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New! Humanities Resources for the Common Core

New! Humanities Resources for the Common Core

New resources for the Common Core centered on classic fictional works and informational texts designed to build knowledge and analytic skills across the curriculum.
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Classroom Strategies to Help Motivate Adolescent Readers

Teachers have an important role to play in influencing and supporting students' motivation for learning. This article highlights four classroom strategies to help engage your students with text
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Comic Book Templates: An Entry Point into Nonfiction

Is non-fiction a challenge for your students? Watch as Sarah Brown Wessling uses the familiar medium of comic books to help her students uncover structure and develop understanding of complex texts. Common Core Standards: ELA.RI.9-10.1, ELA.RI.11-12.1, ELA.RI.11-12.5
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A writing exercise used for brainstorming and to develop writing fluency. Students write non-stop for five to ten minutes, expressing their ideas go without concern for revision, editing, or controlling the words.
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School Matters:
A blog by Karin Chenoweth

Tackling Achievement Gaps From Summer Learning Loss

Attending a summer program regularly for as little as five weeks for two years in a row could result in about a quarter of a year’s gain in both reading and math for students from low-income families.
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Research & News

9th and 10th Grades Offer Key Chance to Re-Engage Disengaged Students

Dropping out of high school is typically a gradual process that moves from disengagement to disconnection. But the first two years of high school offer a powerful opportunity to change that trajectory, according to a new report.
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How to Deal With Digital Distractions

Some students can tweet and take a test, some can’t. Know thyself.
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