Guest Blogger: Elizabeth Partridge

When I’m working on a book, there’s a perfectly balanced moment when anything seems possible. It comes as I’m well into the research, bursting with ideas and dreams and enthusiasm. Once I start writing, it’s not long before I crash. Reality sets in fast: not everything that fascinates me is going to fit between the covers of a book.
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High School Uses

High school offers numerous opportunities to integrate multimedia into literacy activities across content areas. In this month’s column, 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.
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Pigeons on my mind

A few days ago while riding my bicycle to work, a pigeon flew up from the railroad tracks and over the bike path. I was reminded how my colleague Nick Glass, who grew up in New York City, has shared…
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Karen Hesse and Matt Phelan discover the Dust Bowl

Everyone in education has heard about different learning styles; some of the most prominent are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Perhaps educators have even considered their own learning style and how it influences teaching. But, has consideration ever been given to how these learning styles impact inspiration, interest, and research for a project that follows the inquiry process?
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Teaching with the CSK Book Award Curriculum Resource Center

Forty years ago, two librarians and a publisher at the American Library Association conference lamented that no African-American author or illustrator had yet been honored with a Newbery or Caldecott medal. In response to that conversation, they decided to establish an award that would acknowledge the achievements of African-American writers and artists in the field of children’s literature.
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Teen Read Week and speculative fiction

This year’s Teen Read Week (October 18-24) has the theme of “Read Beyond Reality @ your library.” To search for relevant resources, try the TeachingBooks Guided/Advanced Search page where you can search for resources associated with specific genres … including…
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