Mentor Author – Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is the man. You have probably seen a number of his written works on lists of must-reads for YAs and teachers on topics of race. He is a New York Times bestselling author, a NAACP Image Award Winner, a National Book Award Finalist, and has received multiple honors from Coretta Scott King Award. … Continue reading Mentor Author – Jason Reynolds

Author Visits Bring Reading Alive

Fern Schumer Chapman, author, and her mother, Edith Westerfeld Schumer, pose for a photograph with some of the 7th Grade students. Photo Credit: Amy Hamernick https://twitter.com/AhamernickCJH In the seventh-grade social studies curriculum, students learn about World War II which grants a natural cross-curricular experience with fiction and nonfiction texts about the topic in language arts … Continue reading Author Visits Bring Reading Alive

Cultivating Student Choice in Reading with Book Clubs

“I love this” - an actual quote from a seventh-grade student as he met with his book club.  I told the student I would be quoting him; he smirked at me and said, “go ahead, this is going to be fun!”  My teacher heart was so full. Getting middle schoolers excited about reading is one … Continue reading Cultivating Student Choice in Reading with Book Clubs