How to Write a Descriptive Essay

What is a descriptive essay? The descriptive essay is a genre of essay that asks the student to describe something—object, person, place, experience, emotion, situation, etc., according to Purdue University. Create reader interest with a catchy introduction, reads page 167 of Writing With Power by Perfection Learning. The text suggests that you try out several…

A Walk to Remember

I can say however, that A Walk to Remember was my favorite novel to write. I enjoyed the process of capturing the voice of a smart-alecky 17-year-old kid. Likewise with Jamie Sullivan. There was something intrinsically sweet about her character that gradually seemed to take over the book. – Nicholas Sparks There was a time when the world was…

Using Music to Stimulate Children’s Writing

In 1979 I remember sitting in the front of the tent at summer camp, with the music of Boston blaring from the radio.  Since their songs endure today, I have been pondering how to use such creative motivations from my youth to help stimulate creative writing in my classroom. In recent discussions with professional development…

A stunning portrayal of the circuitous path of trauma and healing

“Complex and well-rounded characters. Authentic.” — The Horn Book From rising new talent Caela Carter, author of My Life with the Liars, comes an achingly beautiful and endearing story about two foster children who want desperately to believe that they’ve found their forever home:  Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter. Perfect for fans of…

Henry Huggins is a Timeless Classic

In the first novel from Newbery Medal–winning author Beverly Cleary, Henry Huggins (Henry Huggins series Book 1), boys and girls alike will be charmed instantly by an average boy whose life is turned upside down when he meets a lovable puppy with a nose for mischief. This timeless classic now features a foreword written by New…

Huck Finn, Racist Language, and Teaching

First published in 1884 and still an intellectual adventure, relevant to kids today  … “That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it.” ― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the story of a free-thinking kid,…

“A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit”

 “You’ll love this engrossing novel.” —People The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true. In Beartown: A Novel author Fredrik Backman, “is a masterful writer, his characters familiar yet…

A Violent Time in the Fight for Civil Rights

“For readers new to the subject, the biographies will be a vivid, informative introduction, but even those who have some familiarity with the landmark events will learn much more here. . . . A penetrating look at elemental national history.” –Booklist How were you taught the Civil Rights movement? Teachers, how do you teach it?…

Lucky Girl: A Thought-provoking Look at the Good-girl/Bad-girl Dichotomy

Lucky Girl is an unflinching exploration of beauty, self-worth, and sexual assault. Rosie is a beautiful girl—and it’s always been enough. Boys crush on her, men stare at her, girls (begrudgingly) admire her. She’s lucky and she knows it. But it’s the start of a new school year and she begins to realize that she wants…

A Magical Tale From Start To Finish!

“Toren has been through a LOT. With a brother in charge who cares little for the family, she is forced to grow up fast. Toren’s strength is evident from the beginning; her little bits of struggling and defiance are really HUGE leaps of inappropriate behavior where she comes from.” In Toren the Teller’s Tale by…

Julia Vanishes Skillfully Blends Steampunk, Fantasy, Adventure and Magic

“Egan’s debut novel sparkles with storytelling that skillfully blends elements of steampunk, fantasy, adventure, and magic…A beautifully rendered world and an exquisite sense of timing ensure a page-turning experience.” – Publishers Weekly Julia has the unusual ability to be . . . unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people’s senses. It’s a dangerous trait in…