The Role of Literature in Language Arts Teaching and Learning: Developing Literary Understanding

Notes from my ED-LTCY 346 class this semester, Fall 2014 at Boise State University. Children’s literature is the foundation for a rich and effective language arts program. Children’s literature motivates readers, provides them with invaluable language experience and offers them opportunities to learn about themselves and the world. Effective teachers create classroom libraries that support their…

Strategies for the ACT English Test

 It’s that time of year again. College applications are flowing out of high school students and parents are getting nervous. testing is a huge part of the formula, so here are some suggestions and resources  to help keep nerves calm: Barron’s ACT English, Reading, and Writing Workbook by Linda Carnevale gives college-bound students extensive practice…

350 Fabulous Writing Prompts: Thought-Provoking Springboards For Creative, Expository, and Journal Writing

350 Fabulous Writing Prompts: Thought-Provoking Springboards For Creative, Expository, and Journal Writing Paperback by Jacqueline Sweeney highlights creative, engaging, thought-provoking prompts for every day of the school year! More than 300 ways to motivate even your most reluctant writers. Topics include feelings, ethics, “imagineering,” quotations, humor, problem-solving, school situations, and so much more. For use…

Bebop Books: Common Core Now Supported

This comprehensive literacy program includes resources for guided reading, classroom libraries, shared reading, assessment and ESL/Dual Language programs. Explore our site to learn more about how Bebop Books can help your children succeed in their reading efforts. Read this article by Jeanne Clidas, Ph.D. Common Core State Standards Our Bebop titles support the new K-5…