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"Sharing Texts" Lesson Plan - Gr 3-6

Sharing Favorite Texts to Build Community

This readwritethink lesson plan (follow the tabs to view Standards, Resources & Preparation, Instructional Plan,  Related Resources, and Comments) by Lisa Storm Fink is for a five lesson unit that presents a fun way for teachers to share their love of literature with students and for the students to get to know their teachers as a reader.


Tips for Skype visits - and authors for free

Met Any Good Authors Lately?
Classroom author visits can happen via Skype (here's a list of those who do it for free)

Kate Messner writing for School Library Journal describes how to Skype an author. She gives tips, along with a readiness checklist, and a list of authors who will do short Skype-sessions  for free (longer sessions will often cost some money.)

"Today’s students live in a brave new literary world—one in which they can connect with their favorite authors at bookstore signings or during school visits, not to mention on Facebook. Most authors today have at least a Web site with an email link, and some go well beyond that. They blog. They podcast. They vlog. They tweet. That means greater accessibility for young readers, who then get to know writers as real people with real lives, not just magical, faraway ones scribbling in Scottish castles."

"Skype an Author" Network

The mission of the Skype an Author Network is to provide K-12 teachers and librarians with a way to connect authors, books, and young readers through virtual visits.

"Wouldn't it be great to invite authors into your classroom or library to video chat with students before, during, and/or after reading their books? We are growing a list of authors who want to make that connection with you via Skype. Visit our Skype Overview page to learn more about Skype."



Nominations for the 2011 YA ASLA book awards

Every year the Young Adult Library Services Assn. (YALSA) generates a set of nominees in preparation for the final 2011 recommended book list.
The nominees are listed here:
The final list will be divulged at ALA Midwinter convention.

Online Story Resources

Looking for some online story resources?

Shiloh Adame from Westfield Community School has put together a list of some of the resources that she is using. Visit her googlesite to see them:

audio, stories,


Book Reviews by young adults who read them

"School Library "

Reviews of the following titles:
  • Angry Young Man
  • Cryer's Cross
  • The Latte Rebellion
  • Blessed

Full text magazines in EBSCO

EBSCO has a number of PDF full-text magazines that may appeal to students (and teachers) in your school. This list is not exhaustive; there are many more titles to be found by browsing publication titles. (You will need your school ID and password to access these from home.) The URLs below all point to the persistent link for each individual magazine.

Children's Magazines

Teen & Mass Market Magazines


The Audio Books Project

From Project Gutenberg, the first producer of free ebooks: The Audio Books Project

Project Gutenberg (PG) makes audio eBooks available for some of the same great literature that is available in plain text. The listings are divided into two categories: Human-read and computer-generated audio books. (Note: The computer-generated voices used in these books are similar to those on automated systems used by the blind, as well as some telephone automation systems. PG is no longer creating new machine-generated books, but is working on methods to automatically create them on demand (that is, by choosing options, then getting the file within a short time). )



Two Week Kindle book loan

Did you get a Kindle for Christmas? Would you like to be able to borrow titles from someone else's collection? Or lend books from yours? Check out  This site was recommended on LM-NET.

"Now you can loan or find your favorite eBooks in one free community of Kindle owners. Use our simple search to find that title you're looking for. Once you locate a member that has the book you're looking for, use our site to contact them to find out availability."


The "Fully-Loaded" Teacher-Librarian

Outfitting new teacher-librarians for the 21st century.
SLJ Blog from Joyce Valenza



Teachers' Domain - Video Streaming site

Try out video streaming by visiting "TeachersDomain" (
7 free views, and then you can register for more access.

"Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities."

Technology in the Classroom - Kevin Honeycutt

Some great videos collected/created by Kevin Honeycutt

Join the kids on the 21st century playground

Tradigital Mini-Concert at AESA Conference

I Need My Teachers to Learn v2.1 (song)

A repository of famous speeches

American Rhetoric

ALA review:
"American Rhetoric [provides] one easy-to-use, searchable reference database for all ages. According to the website, the online speech bank is an index to and growing database of 5000+ full text, audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews and other recorded media events.

While mostly American in content, and with advertising sprinkled liberally across the pages, it is nonetheless a good source of historical audio and text material. (There are also some international speakers represented: Blair, Gandhi, Harper, Queen Elizabeth, Benjamin Netanyahu, etc)

Rhetorical Figures in Sound is a compendium of  200+ brief audio (mp3) clips illustrating 40 different figures of speech.


Fact Checking Resources

Help your students get some perspective on how to read material in the media by taking a look at Fact Check Ed.

From the site:
"Not all information is of the same quality or veracity. Much of it, in fact, falls far short of the standards we’d like our students to learn and live by. Our aim is to help them learn to be smart consumers of information, not to accept it at face value; to dig for facts using the Internet, not to stop looking once they get to Wikipedia; and to weigh evidence logically, not to draw conclusions based on their own biases."