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  1. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Candace Fleming
    In the world of young adult literature, some of today's best and most powerful stories are being told by authors of nonfiction. Tune in to hear Candace Fleming discuss the origins of The Family Romanov, research as a process of questioning, and how authors of nonfiction are pushing the envelope in books for today's teens.
  2. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with John Green
    Tune in to hear John discuss why he writes for teens, what he believes readers can gain from their English classes, and some of the thinking behind his newest book, Paper Towns.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Matt de la Peña
    Tune in to hear Matt discuss some of the thinking behind his newest novel, We Were Here.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Genre Study of Letters With The Jolly Postman
    Students read The Jolly Postman, in which a postman delivers letters to storybook characters. They explore different types of mail and categorize letters from the book and their own mail.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Alice Walker in the Classroom: "Living by the Word"
    Carol Jago offers readers a handy guide for bringing this celebrated author's work into the classroom, including biographical information, ideas for literature circles using Walker's short stories, sample writing lessons using Walker's poems, suggestions for teaching The Color Purple, and a wealth of resources for further investigation of Alice Walker and her work.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Alliteration in Headline Poems
    Students will be introduced to the term alliteration and create a headline poem consisting of 25 words that contain at least three examples of alliteration.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    American Folklore: A Jigsaw Character Study
    Groups of students read and discuss American folklore stories, each group reading a different story. Using a jigsaw strategy, the groups compare character traits and main plot points of the stories. A diverse selection of American folk tales is used for this lesson, which is adaptable to any text set.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Amy Tan in the Classroom: "The art of invisible strength"
    Offers high school teachers an activity-based approach to teaching the works of Amy Tan, especially The Joy Luck Club and The Opposite of Fate.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Analyzing and Comparing Medieval and Modern Ballads
    Students explore the ballads genre by reading medieval ballads to deduce their characteristics, acting out the ballads, comparing medieval and modern ballads using Venn diagrams, and composing their own ballads.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Analyzing Famous Speeches as Arguments
    Students are often asked to perform speeches, but rarely do we require students to analyze speeches as carefully as we study works of literature. In this unit, students are required to identify the rhetorical strategies in a famous speech and the specific purpose for each chosen device. They will write an essay about its effectiveness and why it is still famous after all these years.

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