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Our Book Graffiti Wall

As a big believer in the power of choice in nurturing young independent readers, I’m always looking for interesting ways to activate and motivate students in that direction. Donalyn Miller’s Reading in the Wild (Jossey-Bass, 2014) gave me quite a … Continue reading

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Hello, Charles Dickens

Recently I’ve (sort of) wanted to do something about my lifelong avoidance of Charles Dickens. Dickens has always seemed to me one of those writers in the literature-as-torture category, surpassed maybe only by Jane Austen or one of those Bronte … Continue reading

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Review: BOOK LOVE: DEVELOPING DEPTH, STAMINA, AND PASSION IN ADOLESCENT READERS by Penny Kittle

After thirty-plus years in the classroom, I can stand up and teach the heck out of about twenty different novels and plays, complete with class activities, quizzes, writing assignments, and fascinating lecture-ettes. I can do all of this with curricular … Continue reading

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Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Countdown by Deborah Wiles My rating: 5 of 5 stars Countdown came to me as a recommendation from Paul Hankins and Donalyn Miller in one of their Choice Literacy articles. Although this is historical fiction, it’s also not too far … Continue reading

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But What If We Try?

My biggest experiment of the year involves sophomores reading books of their own choosing. I’ve noticed that student enthusiasm for reading frequently nosedives in about 8th grade, maybe a little earlier for boys. This trend has been even more marked … Continue reading

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