10 truths about Europe’s migrant crisis When you’re facing the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, it helps to have a sober debate about how to respond. But to do that, you need facts and data – two things that the British migration debate has lacked this summer. Theresa May got the ball rolling in May, when she claimed on Radio 4 that the vast majority of migrants to Europe are Africans travelling for economic reasons. The media has followed suit, one example being the Daily Mail’s unsubstantiated recent assertion that seven in 10 migrants at Calais will reach the UK. Fantasy novels dominated children's reading in 2013 From The Hobbit to the Hunger Games and Harry Potter, the list of books that the UK's children loved the most last year is almost entirely stuffed with fantasy novels. Early findings from the biggest annual survey of UK children's reading habits were released today, showing a marked preference for dragons, magic and dystopia over novels set in the real world. According to the What Kids Are Reading report, the most-loved books of last year were JK Rowling's tales of a magical schoolboy, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which came in joint first place in the list, together with Suzanne Collins's Catching Fire, the second book in the dystopian Hunger Games trilogy. The only non-fantasy title to make the list of most-loved books was John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, about a terminally-ill teenage cancer patient who falls in love. "It is wonderful what reading highly-motivating books does for children.
Three Reasons Why Close Reading is Important Chapter two of Reading Reconsidered discusses Close Reading. There’s a lot to discuss, some of which I’ve shared in other blog posts (also here and here). But here, I just want to share the rationale. To Erica Colleen and me, there are three especially compelling reasons why Close Reading is so important: First, Close Reading helps defend against “gist” readings—interpretations and discussions that are “based on” the text, but not grounded in a comprehensive understanding of it. Students will not succeed if they can observe in only a general sense that Hamlet is unhappy, or summarize the Bill of Rights broadly but not understand the specific language used to frame each individual right, or understand, generally, that glucose levels in the blood affect health, but not how.
LGBTQ-Friendly YA Novels Get Award Nods, But Are They Getting a Crossover Audience? On March 6, the finalists for the 26th annual Lambda Literary Awards were announced, and they set records for the number of LGBTQ books submitted. The Lambda awards, or “Lammys,” include several categories all geared toward rewarding new books that explore LGBTQ themes or characters. This year, the finalists were chosen from a selection of 746 submissions from 352 publishers — a Lammy record, and up from 2012, which had 687 and 332, respectively. These awards, along with other recent award nods may suggest a changing tide for LGBTQ lit, finally finding a strong foothold in the mainstream fiction and nonfiction YA marketplace. But the numbers may not be as clear as they seem.
Coretta Scott King Book Award Recipients Author Award Winner Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers). “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” is an extensive volume focusing on American history as it intertwines with the lives of African Americans. The story is told from the viewpoint of an elderly woman who shares her life story while highlighting pivotal historical events including abolition, the Great Migration, World War II, and the Civil Rights movement. Top 10 Characteristics Of Effective Vocabulary Instruction by Kimberly Tyson, Ph. D. of learningunlimitedllc.com We know that there is a strong relationship between vocabulary and reading comprehension.
Young Adult Book Reviews Genre: Historical Fiction # of Pages: 293 RAC: Yes Margaretha lives on her father’s estate in Germany and knows she must choose a suitor to marry soon. Some Great Graphic Novels About Women Tamara Drewe, by Posy Simmonds, is an off-beat drama about a hot young newspaper columnist who stirs up the affairs of a small community in the British countryside. The story takes place over the course of four seasons at a writer's retreat, where the arrival of new neighbor Tamara Drewe and her rock star boyfriend up-ends the relatively ho-hum existence of the couple that owns the farm, their handyman, a writer who farts around in one of the guest houses, and two of the local high school girls. Everyone is captivated by Tamara, who isn't all that inclined to run away from their attentions. People sneak around, screw around, get engaged, break off engagements, and dance around wearing pilfered dresses.