Why Read the Classics?

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“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was Dostoevsky and Dickens who taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who ever had been alive.” –James … read more »


Digital Reading Takes Practice

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Most of us and our students spend a large part of each day reading digital text. Although we might prefer and encourage reading traditional print sources on paper, most of our future information needs will be fulfilled online. Although studies have shown people who read printed text comprehend more–thus learn and retain more, digital access … read more »


Read the Winter Away

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This is the perfect time of the year to celebrate Read a New Book Month. Don’t we all look forward to receiving books that are selected just for us and help us while away the long winter nights? As a nine-year-old, one of my favorite gifts included four children’s books, suggested by my parents who were … read more »


Media Messages Matter

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We are inundated with media messages – be it in traditional print formats or digital texts, images, videos, or advertising. As adults, we have the experience and ability to interpret and often ignore the constant barrage of information that confronts us. However, our students do not have the expertise to handle all the extraneous information … read more »


All about Me and Other People, Using Biographies in Instruction

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The start of the school years is a time to get to know our students. Perennial favorite activities other than “what I did on my summer vacation” essays are “all about me” assignments. As students take a look at their own lives, this is a perfect time to add biographies to your class lessons. Reading … read more »