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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan
    Exploring Satire with Shrek
    The movie Shrek introduces the satirical techniques of exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, and parody. Students brainstorm fairy tale characteristics, identify satirical techniques, then create their own satirical versions of fairy tales.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Setting: Constructing Character, Point of View, Atmosphere, and Theme
    Students read texts by Dybek, Dickens, Poe, and Morrison to explore how authors use language to create setting and, in turn, how setting constructs other elements in a literary work.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Exploring the Disability Experience
    Books about teens who are living with disability highlight the courage and emotional strength that disabled people can summon. They also challenge us to reflect on how we treat disabled people in our own lives. Tune in to hear about young people who are coping with birth defects and cerebral palsy; autism, schizophrenia, and obsessive compulsive disorder; speech impediments and traumatic war injuries.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales using Wikis
    Students study Chaucer's Canterbury Tales not just for its rich language, but also for the insights it provides into the Middle Ages. Using wikis, students collaborate to study both literature and history on their own terms. They create meaning and build information networks using tools Chaucer himself would have loved.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 11
    Ezra Jack Keats was born on this day in 1916.
    In celebration of Keats' birthday, students write stories that include some characters from Keats' books and practice using collage techniques with the Collage Machine.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Facilitating Participation with Silent Conversations
    This guide introduces silent conversations, a collaborative learning technique that has students
    thinking, sharing, and reflecting about important questionsóbut through writing rather than talk.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Facilitating Student-Led Seminar Discussions with The Piano Lesson
    August Wilson's play The Piano Lesson invites students to ask a number of questionsóbig
    and small. Students learn how to create effective discussion questions and then put them to use in student-led discussions.
  8. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Fairy Tale Retellings
    A growing number of young adult authors are using fairy tales as seeds for their stories. Tune in to hear about an assortment of the newest fairy tale retellings: books that include middle grade humor, satire, coming of age stories, and graphic novels.
  9. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Feminist Books for Teens
    In this episode, you'll hear about a variety of feminist books for teensóincluding works of realistic fiction as well as fantasy, biography, historical fiction, and satire.
  10. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Finding the YA Community at NCTE Convention
    Tune in to hear about specific things you can do to find the YA community at NCTE Annual Convention. You'll learn about the kinds of YA lit sessions that typically appear on the program, and you'll hear tips from YA advocates about how to make the most of the opportunity to meet authors, discover new books, and connect with others who love young adult literature as much as you do.

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