Category Archives: Literacy Resources

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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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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New YA Literature

Time for my Fall posts of what I’ve read recently. Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter, Non-fiction par excellence. A gruelling tale of life in the foster care system in the south eastern United States.  You may think … Continue reading

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New Reads for Adolescents

Many more books to add since last post. Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. (1999). The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell Obviously not a new book and … Continue reading

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