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About phansenvsb

I am passionate about teaching reading and writing to a diverse audience from those experiencing challenges in reading and writing to those who seek deep enrichment in literature and its connections to the world in which it was written and to the present day. I also present workshops on assessment for learning, differentiated instruction, literature circles, disciplinary literacy, and inquiry.

YA Fiction

The Rule of Three. (2014). Eric Walters Prolific writer Eric Walters never fails to surprise. “A person can last 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food.” What happens when the internet shuts down? Not just … Continue reading

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Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice

A writing book by Catherine Lewis, illustrated by Joost Swarte, 2013. The title of this book may seem elementary, but the content is definitely not. Based on the iconic tale of “Three Blind Mice”, Lewis and Swarte entertain with both … Continue reading

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Rose Under Fire, 2013

A plucky female protagonist, an experienced pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during WW II, makes a bad flight decision and ends up being grounded by the Luftwaffe and sent to the notorious concentration camp, Ravensbrueck, where she befriends a … Continue reading

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Wonder of Reading Event at John Oliver Secondary

  These well-known characters greeted 900 elementary students visiting John Oliver on September 25, 2013 for their outstanding Wonder of Reading Day. The Giving Tree was built in the gym and a video of Shel Silverstein’s poem shown on the … Continue reading

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YA for soccer fans

Self-admittedly, I am a soccer fanatic.  I have watched my children play at Select/Metro levels for over 15 years. I subscribe to cable television only once every four years in order to watch the World Cup.  I have risen at … Continue reading

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Differentiated Instruction – how to Start Where They Are

I am currently running a professional book club with Karen Hume’s book, Start Where They Are (2008). There are many "bon mots" in the book as well as practical ideas for the classroom, but her assertion that curriculum for adolescents … Continue reading

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YA Literature

Wounded by Eric Walters, 2009 There is hardly any topic that Eric Walters has not written about. This one deals with a returning soldier from Afghanistan and the effects of his tour of duty on himself and his family.  He … Continue reading

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