Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School

An unsung hero and literacy champion whose teaching changed many lives. An excellent homage to an African-American woman who taught ahead of her time. – Kirkus Reviews In Mississippi in the mid-1800s, it was illegal for enslaved people to learn to read and write. Getting caught meant thirty-nine lashes with a whip as punishment. But…

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…

Drones, robots and slime … oh my!

Things got pretty wild at the Statehouse on Tuesday when kids took over the Rotunda with flying drones, robots and Play-Doh. Students from elementary to high school showed off their technology and engineering skills to lawmakers in celebration of STEM Matters! — a campaign to raise awareness about science, technology, engineering and math in Idaho. The…

Harry Potter. A Journey Through A History of Magic.

Originally posted on Bobs Books Blog:
Harry Potter. A Journey Through A History of Magic. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2017. For enthusiastic readers who want to know all about the magic in the Harry Potter Series. This well illustrated and very informative book has the original synopsis of the Harry Potter series that was sent to Bloomsbury…

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…