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  1. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Patricia McCormick
    While all YA authors focus in some way on the process of young people coming of age, very few do so with the depth and versatility you will find in the novels of Patricia McCormick. Tune in to hear the story behind her latest novel, Never Fall Down, the harrowing and heartbreaking account of Khmer Rouge survivor Arn Chorn-Pond.
  2. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Rita Williams-Garcia
    It's rare to find historical fiction that weaves rich period detail into the lives of memorable and endearing characters, but Rita Williams-Garcia's middle-grade novels One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven do just that. Tune in to hear Rita explain how she drew on personal and historical contexts to develop her characters and tell their story. You'll also hear about her great love for her work and her commitment to spending as long as it takes to get the story right.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Walter Dean Myers
    If there is anyone in the world of children's and young adult literature who could be described as a living legend, it's Walter Dean Myers. Tune in to hear how his own experiences as a reader have shaped his approach to storytelling, what he seeks to offer young people through his writing, and the thinking behind a select handful of his novels books that incorporate concepts as varied as magical realism, the social contract, and oral histories with our nation's war veterans.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Action Is Character: Exploring Character Traits with Adjectives
    Students must "become" a character in a novel in order to describe themselves and other characters using powerful adjectives.
  5. 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.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   3 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Addressing the Complexity of Matching Readers With Text
    Join Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Diane Lapp as they discuss ways to navigate the complexity of matching readers with text.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Directed Listening-Thinking Activity for "The Tell-Tale Heart"
    What's that sound? Students participate in a Directed Listening–Thinking Activity (DLTA) using "The Tell-Tale Heart," make predictions, and respond in the form of an acrostic poem or comic strip.
  8. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Adults and Teens Reading Together
    Tune in to hear about eight new novels that all focus in some way on teens and their complicated relationships with family members, peers, and the larger world.
  9. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    Afterschool and Summer Reading with LGBTQ Content
    Motivate your middle school reader with books that include LGBTQ characters.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Alphabiography Project: Totally You
    The traditional autobiography writing project is given a twist as students write alphabiographies—recording an event, person, object, or feeling associated with each letter of the alphabet.

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