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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. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Active Reading through Self-Assessment: The Student-Made Quiz
    This recurring lesson encourages students to comprehend their reading through inquiry and collaboration. They choose important quotations from the text and work in groups to formulate "quiz" questions that their peers will answer.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    A Daily DEAR Program: Drop Everything, and Read!
    The teacher shouts, "Drop Everything and Read!" and students settle into their seats to read books they've selected. This independent reading program helps students build a lifelong reading habit.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Adventures in Nonfiction: A Guided Inquiry Journey
    Students are guided through an informal exploration of nonfiction texts and child-oriented Websites, learning browsing and skimming techniques for the purpose of gathering interesting information.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    A Failure of the Imagination
    This article discusses the imaginative activities and assignments that teachers often assign that violate the text around which the lesson is focused and that mislead students about its meaning.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 16
    African American journalist Ida B. Wells was born in 1862.
    Students brainstorm a list of human rights issues, research their group's issue in depth, examine the way journalists cover a story, and create articles for a classroom newspaper.
  7. 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.
  8. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Activity & Project
    Amazing Biographies: Writing About People Who Change the World
    After reading about historical figures and other important people that have changed the world, children choose someone that they consider to be "amazing"—either someone they've heard about or someone they know—and create a book page that highlights this person.
  9. 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.
  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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