Poetry by Amanda Cherry

Teasing Chubby. I was red-cheeked and round. Marked by rolls and rolls and rolls Of fleshy skin around my middle.   Skin that hid my belly button And feet. Skin that prayed no one would look too close. Skin that

Poetry by Amanda Cherry

Teasing Chubby. I was red-cheeked and round. Marked by rolls and rolls and rolls Of fleshy skin around my middle.   Skin that hid my belly button And feet. Skin that prayed no one would look too close. Skin that

Reading Between the Illustrated Lines: Using Comics to Teach Common Core Standards by Jenn Freeman

My first memories of reading with my parents are of me climbing into bed with them on Sunday morning to read the comics as they read the newspaper. While the three-paneled antics of Garfield hardly seem comparable to the article

Reading Between the Illustrated Lines: Using Comics to Teach Common Core Standards by Jenn Freeman

My first memories of reading with my parents are of me climbing into bed with them on Sunday morning to read the comics as they read the newspaper. While the three-paneled antics of Garfield hardly seem comparable to the article

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Remembering Shelby (November 10, 2013) by Shirley Brice Heath

Editor’s Note: The world of children’s literacy has lost a true champion. Shelby Wolf passed on October 5, 2013. Shelby was a professor at the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where over two thousand students

Shelby Reading_Cropped

Remembering Shelby (November 10, 2013) by Shirley Brice Heath

Editor’s Note: The world of children’s literacy has lost a true champion. Shelby Wolf passed on October 5, 2013. Shelby was a professor at the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where over two thousand students

Middle Level ELA: Formulas–I Don’t Think So by Meredith Collins

Ahh…formulas.  Merely saying the word brings a smile to my face and almost forces me to shake my head, at minimum just a little.  Why you may ask?  We live in a world where everyone is looking for the magic

Middle Level ELA: Formulas–I Don’t Think So by Meredith Collins

Ahh…formulas.  Merely saying the word brings a smile to my face and almost forces me to shake my head, at minimum just a little.  Why you may ask?  We live in a world where everyone is looking for the magic

The Correctness of Art by Mike Jaramillo

“What does that mean?” he said. “What does what mean?” I asked. “All of those marks and paint splatter spots,” he said. I paused for a second and tried to recall a brilliant phrase from one of the many art

The Correctness of Art by Mike Jaramillo

“What does that mean?” he said. “What does what mean?” I asked. “All of those marks and paint splatter spots,” he said. I paused for a second and tried to recall a brilliant phrase from one of the many art

Promises for Hannah by Jeff Likes

Last spring at the end of a long unit in my Advanced World Literature and Composition class that focused on the inevitability of human suffering, Hannah’s essay presented me with a problem. During the unit we had read and discussed

Promises for Hannah by Jeff Likes

Last spring at the end of a long unit in my Advanced World Literature and Composition class that focused on the inevitability of human suffering, Hannah’s essay presented me with a problem. During the unit we had read and discussed

YA Literature: Titles that Break the Formula by Jill Adams

Some people complain that the field of Young Adult Literature (YAL) is too formulaic.  Their point has some validity to it—after all, most stories tend to follow a traditional structure (exposition, rising action or conflict, climax, falling action, resolution).  As

YA Literature: Titles that Break the Formula by Jill Adams

Some people complain that the field of Young Adult Literature (YAL) is too formulaic.  Their point has some validity to it—after all, most stories tend to follow a traditional structure (exposition, rising action or conflict, climax, falling action, resolution).  As