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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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Does Choice Reading Create Ladders?

As regular visitors here know, my students read books of their own choosing every day for the first ten minutes of class.    Then they write blog posts about those books, and they write comments on each other’s book blog posts.  This … Continue reading

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Brit Lit: Reading, Writing and Relevance

This year I’m assigned to teach three sections of British Literature Survey, a one-semester class for seniors. I’ve taught this class before, but it’s been at least a dozen years since it appeared in my schedule. Brit Lit hasn’t changed … Continue reading

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Learning Reading or Loving Reading?

English/Language Arts teachers are usually book lovers. We are intrinsically motivated to read, and we readily enjoy the pleasures of books. We have internalized effective ways to process literary and informational texts. We understand the context of most books we … Continue reading

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Zapping Apathy with Wordle

Here is a fun, easy way to use Wordle toward the end of discussing a novel, short story, poem, or play.  Today I presented my students with this question:  “What is The Joy Luck Club Really About?”  They wrote a … Continue reading

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Today’s Secret Word

Today in class we had a secret word. We are almost finished with our study of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. I’ve tried to process each story differently—sometimes through whole-class discussion, sometimes with reflective writing, sometimes in small groups, … Continue reading

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