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  1. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Roundup of Teen Book Awards
    In the wake of the American Library Association's annual announcement of Youth Media Awards, tune in for a roundup of top young adult literature award winners from the past year. Jennifer will report on her favorite titles drawn from lists of the year's most distinguished books for teens
  2. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Second Look at The Hunger Games
    With a new movie version of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins' story of a dystopian world where children are forced to fight to the death on live television is set to reach an even broader audience. Tune in to hear about the seeds for The Hunger Games story, themes that distinguish the series as an important work of literature, and what the books have to offer teen readers.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Assessing Cultural Relevance: Exploring Personal Connections to a Text
    As a class, students evaluate a nonfiction or realistic fiction text for its cultural relevance to themselves personally and as a group.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Activity & Project
    A Story for Corduroy
    After reading a Corduroy book together, encourage creativity and develop writing skills by writing a story about a favorite stuffed animal.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Tale of a Few Text Messages: A Character Study of A Tale of Two Cities
    Students use A Tale of Two Cities to explore relationships, plot points, character traits, and background by writing text messages between characters within the novel.
  6. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode
    A Tribute to Abraham Lincoln
    Emily presents three very different books about Lincoln and hosts a roundtable discussion with the authors of these books to delve deeper into Lincoln's remarkable life.
  7. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Tribute to Patty Campbell
    Today's YA readers benefit from knowing the wise elders of our field: those who promoted, defended, and celebrated young adult literature when doing so was far less popular than it is now. Tune in to hear about Patty Campbell: teen services librarian, writer/critic, and significant influence on the field.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Audio Broadcasts and Podcasts: Oral Storytelling and Dramatization
    After exploring Orson Welles' 1938 broadcast of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, students create their own audio dramatization of a text they have read.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 9
    Author Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944.
    After students read the novel The Color Purple, dialect is discussed and students write a short piece of fiction or poetry using the dialect of their peer group.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 5
    Author Amy Tan was born today in 1952
    Students watch an excerpt of an interview with Tan and apply some of her principles to writing a story of their own.

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