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We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March 30 Apr 2013 | 08:42 pm

"I want to go to jail," (third grader) Audrey told her mother. Since Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks thought that was a good idea, they helped her get ready. Cynthia Levinson's stunning and moving We've Got ...

Betsy's Day at the Game: A Review and Giveaway 12 Apr 2013 | 06:27 pm

Peanuts, Cracker Jack, cotton candy, and hot dogs! Those are my fondest memories of the ball park, and they certainly top my daughters' lists as well. But one equally hallowed tradition of baseball ha...

Purposes for Poetry: Ten Ways to Use Poetry in Your Instruction 7 Apr 2013 | 11:12 am

Often when I mention poetry during a workshop, at least one teacher laments, "I would love to do more poetry with students, but there's so much else to teach in my curriculum!" What I try to encourage...

Failure IS an Option; A Really Funny One 17 Mar 2013 | 06:28 am

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Pearls Before Swine strip creator Stephan Pastis is a hilarious new title guaranteed to win big with fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dear Dumb Diary. I read it w...

Teaching That Makes Sense: An Uncommonly Good Resource 12 Mar 2013 | 06:06 pm

Years ago I first posted on Teaching That Makes Sense, founded by Steve Peha, is an impressive web site full of well-organized, original resources on reading and writing. They're all in pdf format an...

Prairie Chicken Little: The Sky is Falling! Again! 6 Mar 2013 | 09:51 am

Win this book! See below. In a funny and frenetic remake of the traditional tale, Prairie Chicken Little by Jackie Mims Hopkins chronicles the over-reaction of one prairie chicken who thinks the sky ...

Holocaust Picture Books: An Annotated List 3 Mar 2013 | 10:46 pm

After many requests, I've finished compiling an annotated list of Holocaust books. I resisted the urge to categorize them by grade level, as I feel they can be used effectively in both upper elementar...

Five Ways to Share Picture Books More Effectively 3 Mar 2013 | 04:34 am

In my workshops, teachers often express the desire to use picture books in their classroom, but wonder how to do it most effectively. The answer to that question depends entirely upon what we want to ...

Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? and Other Prehistoric Picture Books 26 Feb 2013 | 05:39 pm

In Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? young Dave's uneventful trip to the museum takes an unlikely and entertaining twist. From the book's inside flap: Dad takes Dave to the museum to see the dinosaurs. Da...

The Secret to Descriptive Writing 25 Feb 2013 | 12:34 am

Either I’ve encountered a conspiracy to confound teachers of writing, or I’ve discovered an “obvious secret” of descriptive writing. To paraphrase a classic School House Rock Video, it appears that ve...

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