Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt | Review

It was almost dawn when we went outside, Joseph and me. The peaks to the west were lit up and spilling some of the light down their sides onto our fields, all harvested and turned and ready for the long winter. You could smell the cold air and the wood smoke…Everywhere in the gray yard,Continue reading “Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt | Review”

Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore | Teaching Ideas

In this episode, I outline two ways that I would invite students to engage with WINTER WHITE AND WICKED. One way is through connections between the fantasy world of the novel and our own, and the other is through the world building and histories of the novel and our own. For sample questions for teachingContinue reading “Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore | Teaching Ideas”

This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron | Episode 2

In this episode, I detail the creative assessment and community exhibition “Mythology of Me” That I would use after students had finished reading the book. I also give shoutouts to Mrs. Pamme Meier-Fisher, the teacher who inspired me to be a teacher and with whom none of this’d be possible and to Randy Bomer andContinue reading “This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron | Episode 2”

Analyzing Rural Curriculum/Reading Choices: A Guide

One of the best things about getting emails from readers is that they usually give me insight into how the content of this online community is helping them or where they could use more support. I recently got an email from a community member about whether or not I had any guiding documents for howContinue reading “Analyzing Rural Curriculum/Reading Choices: A Guide”