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First Day of the Y.E.A.R and First Day F.E.A.R.

First Day of the Y.E.A.R and First Day F.E.A.R.

I have not changed classrooms. This is a picture of Room 407 in the Spring of 2011 before we would move in for the 2011-2012 …

 

Early Review: Nikki Grimes’s Between the Lines (Nancy Paulsen Books February 2018)

Early Review: Nikki Grimes’s Between the Lines (Nancy Paulsen Books February 2018)

There are times when the announcement of a book brings out the mendicant within me. Friends in the profession tell me no one can sponge …

 

NCTE: Atlanta: Blog Blitz: Day One

NCTE: Atlanta: Blog Blitz: Day One

The next few posts will probably come out quick and in need of a lot of editing later, but I have to capture each day …

 

For Him. For Her. For “Hayden.”

For Him. For Her. For “Hayden.”

I am a veteran of The United States Navy. I’ve been one for twenty-one years now. And with each passing Veteran’s Day I am reminded …

 

Painful Prompts: When the Writing is for Real

Painful Prompts: When the Writing is for Real

Of the more challenging prompts to which one might attend is the obituary. This writing task comes with mentor texts listed daily. In alphabetical order. The …

 

Writing into the Wind Sock: It Begins with a Single Breath

Writing into the Wind Sock: It Begins with a Single Breath

I remember riding in the back of the car with my family past the small airport outside of Harbor Springs, Michigan. I was mesmerized by …

 

The Mr. Hankins Crane Award: 2016: Gae Polisner’s THE MEMORY OF THINGS

The Mr. Hankins Crane Award: 2016: Gae Polisner’s THE MEMORY OF THINGS

I created The Crane Award two years ago in order to celebrate a book that came in under the radar, had a quiet kind of …

 

“When Readers Find The Books Seeking Them”: Two Teachers Talk Twin Towers Titles

“When Readers Find The Books Seeking Them”: Two Teachers Talk Twin Towers Titles

A recent New York Times article suggests and introduces four titles among a “wave of 9/11 novels seeking audience with young readers.” In preparation for the article …

 

“When There is No Memory of a Thing”: Historical Fiction Re-Visited/Re-Defined

“When There is No Memory of a Thing”: Historical Fiction Re-Visited/Re-Defined

I was a father for just over a year on September 11th, 2001. Rushing home from an undergraduate English course, I found my wife and …

 

“Pick Me” A Current Events Kind of Parody

“Pick Me” A Current Events Kind of Parody

Of course, everyone’s eyes today are on the selection of Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s running mate. One of my favorite memes in the past …

 
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