In a moving autobiographical essay in the New York Times Book Review
, Joshua Henkin recounts how his bombing of the PSAT sent him on a lifelong word-learning journey, with the unlikely duo of his father and Stanley Kaplan as his mentors. Read Henkin's essay here
Use Alan Brown's Sports Literacy Blog
to find creative ways to encourage jocks to read! On Alan's blog, you'll find lots of links to popular sports-related texts, organized by genre – e.g., baseball, football, cycling, and even rock climbing. Since the site's curator, Alan Brown, spent years as a high school teacher and as a basketball coach, he knows how to excite students about reading through sports stories.
Sites to motivate, challenge... and entertain students who are stuck on grammar.
Looking for texts accessible online? These e-text sites contain thousands of unbound texts. Anne of Green Gables, The Blue Fairy Book, Animal Farm, all of Mark Twain's writing? It's on there. Bonus: you can grab the vocabulary from any of these texts using VocabGrabber.
Teachers, these sites should help you find something good for the youngest to the most advanced readers in your classroom.
The National Archives Experience's Docs Teach website
offers teachers nifty, interactive "creation tools" that they can pair with the thousands of primary source documents they have curated from throughout American History.
August is Connected Educators Month, and to celebrate, the New York Times Learning Network has rounded up 33 educators to explain who is in their "Personal Learning Network" (PLN). Among those responding are Visual Thesaurus executive producer Ben Zimmer
and curriculum development director Georgia Scurletis
. Check out all the responses here