High School Uses

This post was originally published in Nick Glass’ monthly column for Curriculum Connections, an e-newsletter published by School Library Journal in partnership with TeachingBooks.net. Subscribe to this free newsletter here.

High school offers numerous opportunities to integrate multimedia into literacy activities across content areas. In this post, please find a sampling of ready-to-use materials that will enrich and stimulate conversations about books, support student research, and enable students and teachers to hear from writers and illustrators about their craft.


Science classes:

Watch as MacArthur Fellow and Caldecott Medalist David Macaulay shares his investigative approach to studying, drawing, and writing about the human body.



History classes:

Listen to award-winning Robert F. Sibert Medalist Marc Aronson discuss his passion for writing about history.



Social Studies classes:

Hear why Walter Dean Myers decided to write about the Vietnam War, and listen as he reads an excerpt from his award-winning novel Fallen Angels (Scholastic, 1988).



Art classes:

Encourage students to learn about the pulp-painting process from Caldecott Honoree Denise Fleming. NOTE: scroll down and view the second of two movies for a look at how a picture is created.



Language Arts classes:

Introduce Macbeth with this eerie audio excerpt (Full Cast Audio, 2002).



Teen Book Club activities:

Encourage young adults to peruse this extensive collection of online materials about the Michael L. Printz Award winning titles.




Teach your faculty about the intricacies of Reader’s Theater with advice and performances from authors Avi, Sharon Creech, Walter Dean Myers, and Sarah Weeks.


I hope that this sampling of online materials reveals meaningful ways to collaborate with your colleagues over books and technology.

Posted by Nick Glass, Founder & Principal of TeachingBooks.net

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