Why Read? 1 Gallagher, K. (2004). Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12. Portland, Me.: Stenhouse Publishers. 2 Gallagher, K. (2009). Cookies are Not Accepted - New York Times As a new presidential administration finds its footing here in the United States — and as fighting spills across borders and international institutions abroad — teachers and students alike may feel that keeping up with the news is more important than ever. We hope our 10-week contest can make that easy. But we also hope students will realize that reading The Times is fun. Book Boot Camp 2013-2014 I'm continually inspired by my PLN. This idea is a direct result of the amazing librarians and teachers I follow. After reading this article about Teen Lit Boot Camp classes, taking part in the Shelf Challenge and following along with Donalyn Miller's Book Gap challenge, these three ideas morphed in my head to become the Middle Grade Book Boot Camp. The Book Boot Camp is a combination of a book club and middle grade literature class. From July 2013 to May 2014 (with a December hiatus) participants will explore ten different book genres, one per month.
Writing Academy The Scribophile Writing Academy is a collection of free writing resources produced by members of the Scribophile community who are writing professionals. Clichés and Their Place in ProseA rose by any other name would still be a cliché. Learn what they are, how to spot them, and when they can hinder or help your writing. Passive and Active VoiceUnderstanding passive and active voice is the first step towards making your writing pop.
YALSA's Teens' Top Ten *YALSA has launched the new Teen Book Finder Database, which is a one-stop shop for finding selected lists and award winners. Users can search this free resource by award, list name, year, author, genre and more, as well as print customizable lists. This new resource will replace the individual award and list web pages currently on YALSA’s site that are not searchable and that are organized only by year. About the Teens' Top Ten #yalsaTTT 2017 Teens' Top Ten Nominees announced! (see below!)
Venn Diagram The Venn Diagram app allows users to compare and contrast information and to organize it in a visually appealing way. Users can customize their circles by choosing from several color choices, and both the circle and font sizes can be altered to better align with the users' needs for each project. The finished Venn diagram can be e-mailed or saved to the device's photo album. Designed for use in the school environment, this app features a simple profile system so that multiple users can create and store their own Venn diagrams on the same device without confusion.
Netflix has tons of hidden categories — here's how to see them The vast amount of content on Netflix can get pretty unwieldy. Luckily, there's a secret, better way to browse the swaths of mediocre titles on the service to get to what you're really looking for. Netflix has a master list of categories that go far beyond the usual Action, Drama, Sci-Fi and the like. First discovered by the blog What's On Netflix, anyone can access them by simply typing specific URLs into a browser. 2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers The list of 71 titles and 2 series, drawn from 151 nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list identifies titles aimed at encouraging reading among teens who dislike to read for any reason. “Our committee is very happy with the titles we selected this year,” said Chair, Dorcas Wong. “Reluctant readers will be treated to a diverse selection of intriguing nonfiction, wild adventures, twisty mysteries, and thoughtful realistic stories. We look forward to sharing these books with teens.” Members of the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committee are: Dorcas Wong, Chair, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA; Martha S.
Movers & Shakers 2015 — Educators Fail-Safe “I think we need to teach and show students that failure is a very real part of life and learning,” says Sherry Gick, who was the librarian for Rossville Consolidated Schools in Indiana for five years before becoming the district’s K−12 library and instructional technology specialist in 2014. Gick embraces the pedagogy of “meaningful failure,” emphasizing the process of learning. BookBrowse: Your Guide to Exceptional Books Restart quiz The All-Rounder Your responses showed you fitting into three different personalities: Successful Summer Reading Program Second grade teachers getting ready to read to a crowd of children during the Summer Reading Program. I don’t know about you, but every April, I feel a huge weight on my shoulders as the school librarian to figure out an effective way to motivate children to read every day throughout the summer months. Children, teachers, and parents work so hard during the school year to improve reading stamina, and it is troubling to see what the Summer Slide can do to this progress.
Join the Somewhat Virtual Book Club (SWVBC) This School Year! Sep 10th, 2014 by Cathy Jo Nelson Just about three years ago, Joyce Valenza shared in her Neverending Search blog the idea that she and Shannon Miller came up with to connect their school library book clubs into a “somewhat virtual book club” for joint discussions. And, she generously invited other TLs to participate. I was one of the readers who responded asking to join in. And, in October 2011, we had our first virtual event.