Did you know flowers have meanings?  A great tool for teaching symbolism in short stories and other works of fiction.

Did you know flowers have meanings? A great tool for teaching symbolism in short stories and other works of fiction.

Darkness in Fiction: 7 Tips for Writing Dark Stories - how to write a dark story with meaning, not just a pointless black hole of death and despair

Darkness in Fiction: 7 Tips for Writing Dark Stories - how to write a dark story with meaning, not just a pointless black hole of death and despair

Part of the Common Core ELA Standards requires students to be able to read informational text and determine meaning. We think this reading note can be really handy and useful!

Part of the Common Core ELA Standards requires students to be able to read informational text and determine meaning. We think this reading note can be really handy and useful!

Egg – winner of the Non-Fiction ABCD Award. Designed by Claire Skeats

Egg – winner of the Non-Fiction ABCD Award. Designed by Claire Skeats

Some teachers shy away from teaching texts other than traditionally canonical texts because they are afraid that the text is irrelevant. One excellent way to assuage this fear and get students reading a wider variety of texts is to supplement non-fiction and novels. In our case, it may mean pairing A-BC with another novel about what it means to experience live as a Chinese American, like "The Chinese in America."

Some teachers shy away from teaching texts other than traditionally canonical texts because they are afraid that the text is irrelevant. One excellent way to assuage this fear and get students reading a wider variety of texts is to supplement non-fiction and novels. In our case, it may mean pairing A-BC with another novel about what it means to experience live as a Chinese American, like "The Chinese in America."

"A Train in Winter" is a biography of French women, many of them part of the Resistance Movement,who were sent to Nazi death camps during the German occupation of France during WWII. The desire to tell the world of the brutality endured there was, in large part, the reason that they fought to survive.  By no means uplifting, but by all means enlightening and challenging.  More poignant to me after recently visiting The National Holocaust  Museum in Washington, DC.

"A Train in Winter" is a biography of French women, many of them part of the Resistance Movement,who were sent to Nazi death camps during the German occupation of France during WWII. The desire to tell the world of the brutality endured there was, in large part, the reason that they fought to survive. By no means uplifting, but by all means enlightening and challenging. More poignant to me after recently visiting The National Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.

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