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A Year of Reading

A Year of Reading
Happy Birthday, Franki! It's a landmark birthday for you today and we celebrate you by reflecting on all the ways you have made our world a better place. (Thank you, Ruth, for the cute button!)

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Common Core State Standards Text Exemplars by The Editors From literacymathideas.blogspot.com One of the key requirements of the Common Core State Standards for Reading is that all students must be able to comprehend texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school. To better serve teachers who are looking for text exemplars, we've collected the poems on our site that are listed in CCSS for ELA: Appendix B. Kindergarten - 1st Grade Notable Social Studies Trade Books For Young People 2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People (NCSS member login required) The following books were inadvertently left off of the printed list, but have been included in the online list: Seeds of Freedom by Hester Bass, published by Candlewick Press, and Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prévot, published by Charlesbridge. Download pdfs of previous Notables (by year) that are attached at the bottom of this page.

In the Classroom: Annotating Charlotte’s Web I begin every school year with a study of E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. As I’ve written before here and elsewhere, it was not a book I gravitated to naturally. Teach Mentor Texts Title:Better Off Friends Author: Elizabeth Eulberg Publisher: Scholastic Publication Date: February 25th, 2014 Genre/Format: Contemporary/Realistic Fiction/Novel GoodReads Summary: For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way.

Poem Flow App for iPhones Poets.org is proud to present the Poem Flow app for the iPhone and iPod Touch, developed in creative collaboration with TextTelevision. A veritable box of light with words and thought in fluid motion, Poem Flow is an entirely new way to experience poetry on a handheld screen. In Portrait view, each poem is presented in its traditional format; turned to Landscape, the poem literally flows over the screen. Each day, a new poem becomes available to app subscribers, while those from previous days remain on the device, building the equivalent of an ever-expanding anthology of the best-loved poems in the English language.

Asian & Asian American Children's Books for ages 0 to 18 May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Observed since 1990, it celebrates the rich culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. In this list I have focused on Asian and Asian American picture books and contemporary fiction for ages 0 to 18. Math in Children's Literature Math in Children's Literature 187K+ New! A Math Game List (pdf) is also available. Free! Jen Robinson's Book Page Book: Kissing in ItalianAuthor: Lauren HendersonPages: 272Age Range: 12 and up Kissing in Italian is the sequel and conclusion to Lauren Henderson's Flirting in Italian. Both books feature a British girl named Violet Routledge who is doing a summer study program at a villa in Italy. Violet was actually drawn to the program after seeing a painting of a girl who looked remarkably like herself, and was from a castle located close to the villa. In the first book, Violet learned that she did indeed bear a strong family resemblance to the family from the castle, leading her to suspect that she might be the illegitimate daughter of the principe. This is a problem, because Violet is strongly attracted to the principe's son Luca.

Poem-A-Day Archive Poem-A-Day features previously unpublished work by contemporary poets, as well as classic and historical poems. Learn more about Poem-A-Day and other Academy of American Poets programs. Subscribe below to receive daily poems by email. The 10 Best Dystopian Books You Haven’t Read Yet – Early Bird Books List Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. Photo: Courtesy of Lionsgate. When it comes to dystopian books, there are a lot of fish in the sea. Seeing Teenagers As We Wish They Were: The Debate Over YA Fiction : Monkey See iStockphoto.com Over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal ran a piece claiming that fiction at least nominally aimed at readers under 18 — young adult or "YA" fiction, that is — is entirely too dark. Calling out the books about kids who cut themselves or suffer abuse right alongside the books with abundant profanity in them, it laments the fact that young readers will be "surrounded by images not of joy or beauty but of damage, brutality and losses of the most horrendous kinds." Unsurprisingly, the commentary has come under intense criticism — it's not in any way a new complaint, and every response to it points that out, along with plenty of other problems. But as easy as it is to tear the piece apart — for its complete failure to acknowledge V.C. Do you remember being 15?

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