Category: Literacy / ELA

Create a Culture of Literacy 

Creating a culture of literacy in the school isn’t just about raising reading scores. Instead, when a community comes together to celebrate...

Do We Need a New Definition of Literacy?

Most educators define literacy as the ability to read and write. And it is true, to be literate we need to know how to read and write. But is this...

Complex Books, In Context #4: Jacob’s New Dress

This is the fourth post in the “Complex Books, In Context” series and the first picture book! Check out the first three guides for Wonder by R.J....

Students Are Struggling. We Can Help by Letting Them Read!

The headlines and the frontlines agree on one important effect of the pandemic: Young people are struggling with mental health challenges like...

Complex Books, In Context #3: The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

This is the third post in the “Complex Books, In Context” series. Check out the first two resource guides for Wonder by R.J. Palacio and Genesis...

Complex Books, In Context #2: Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

This is the second post in the “Complex Books, In Context” series. Check out the first resource guide on Wonder by R.J. Palacio here.  In our...

Complex Books, In Context #1: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

In our quest to provide diverse and inclusive texts to our students, we must also be intentional about how we use texts that address social...

Exploring the Debate on Trigger Warnings in Books

There is significant disagreement among educators about whether books that include depictions of traumatic events should come with trigger/content...

Want Adolescents to Read? Environment Matters!

It was workshop week at the high school where I teach sophomore English and a ninth-grade literacy course. I was just beginning a year where I...

Using Book Challenges as an Opportunity for Growth in Your School Community

In honor of Banned Books Week, let’s talk about how we can use book challenges as an opportunity for growth in our school communities.  The...

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