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On the Return of DEAR AMERICA

I’m very intrigued by Scholastic’s relaunch of the Dear America series this fall.  I had mixed feelings about the original books — some were terrific, some were not, and all were packaged in a way that made kids think they … Continue reading


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In the Classroom: Evolving Technology

Franki at A Year of Reading has been thoughtfully considering new literacy tools in a number of posts this year.  Now she is focused on how Ipod Touches can be used in the classroom.  Now I have to say that … Continue reading


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In the Classroom: Kid Podcasts on Writing Historical Fiction

My fourth graders have spent the last few months considering historical fiction and preparing to write their own about the Pilgrims.  They’ve done a ton of research about these long ago immigrants (including an overnight trip to Plimoth Plantation) and … Continue reading


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PIcturing the Past at the JFK Presidential Library

At the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Picturing the Past A Conference for Classroom Teachers, Grades 3-8, and School Librarians Tuesday, March 17, 2009 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. This program will explore the use of imagery — … Continue reading

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In the Classroom: About That Harvest Festival

Our corn did prove well, and God be praised, we had a good increase of Indian corn, and our barley indifferent good, but our peas not worth the gathering, for we feared they were too late sown. They came up … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Roget’s

When you are searching for a word that is more precise than another though similar in meaning, you don’t browse Piozzi’s. Yet British Synonymy, the first English book of synonyms, was written by Hester Lynch Piozzi. Nor do you grab … Continue reading


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I enjoy moderating panels and speaking to a variety of audiences including fellow educators, children’s book lovers, technology folks, parents, and others interested in what I have to say at a variety of venues and conferences including  NCTE, NCSS, The … Continue reading

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Kids Writing Historical Fiction: All Sorts of Research

As I’ve mentioned here before, I spend much of the year with my fourth grade students studying historical fiction; at the end they create their own works of historical fiction about the Pilgrims. I’ve written about how we begin, especially … Continue reading


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Kids Writing Historical Fiction: How We Begin

Having examined immigration from many angles since September, our fourth graders recently embarked on their final unit of the year — writing a work of historical fiction about those iconic American immigrants, the Pilgrims. It always ends up everyone’s favorite … Continue reading


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Revolutionary Teaching (perhaps) with Children’s Books

Revolutionary Teaching (perhaps) with Children’s Books “The World Turned Upside Down: Revolution in Children’s Books.” The Children’s Literature Connection Biannual Conference October 25, 2003 It was the first day of school. My classroom had just been renovated and was spic … Continue reading

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