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Saving American Beach

Summary AASL Standards Framework for Learners: Inquire/Think I.A.1 Learners display curiosity and initiative by formulating questions about a personal interest or a curricular topic. What would compel you to give up everything and fight for justice? For opera singer MaVynee Betsch, it was saving… Continue Reading “Saving American Beach”

Milo Imagines the World Lesson Activity

Summary When Milo gets anxious, he imagines stories about the people around him. He studies their faces and conjures up images of what their lives must be like. Milo captures his imagination by drawing his visions in his sketchpad. But could he be making… Continue Reading “Milo Imagines the World Lesson Activity”

New eCourse

Would you like to learn how to create a lesson plan based on the AASL Standards Framework for learners? Please join me for a 4-week course starting February 1, 2021! During our time together, you will learn how to: 1) find a compelling picture… Continue Reading “New eCourse”

Our Favorite Day of the Year Lesson Activity

How do we build a sense of community in our classrooms? Start by reading Our Favorite Day of the Year by A. E. Ali and Rahele Jomepour Bell. This important story features a diverse classroom where cultural traditions are celebrated. The story begins with… Continue Reading “Our Favorite Day of the Year Lesson Activity”

Hike by Pete Oswald Lesson Activity

Summary Imagine telling a story using only illustrations. How would you engage readers to look closely at the images to gather meaning? Author-illustrator Pete Oswald is a master at visual storytelling. In his book Hike, Oswald uses vignettes, sequenced panels and double-page spreads to guide… Continue Reading “Hike by Pete Oswald Lesson Activity”

Moth: An Evolution Story by Isabel Thomas and Daniel Egnéus

Summary Moth: An Evolution Story begins as it ends with this sentence: “This is a story of light and dark, of change and adaptation, of survival and hope.” When a book ends as it begins, it gives the reader a sense that the story… Continue Reading “Moth: An Evolution Story by Isabel Thomas and Daniel Egnéus”

You Matter Lesson Activity

Summary Author-illustrator Christian Robinson cares about his readers. How do I know this? Let’s start with the title of his book You Matter. Here, we can almost imagine Robinson pointing at the reader, telling them with confidence, “You matter.” Readers will find more encouragement… Continue Reading “You Matter Lesson Activity”

How to Respond to Literature with Sketchnotes

Hi Everyone! For the last few weeks, I’ve been working on my first class for Skillshare and today it’s officially live! If you’re not familiar with Skillshare, it’s an online learning community with thousands of classes on everything from photography to illustration to fashion… Continue Reading “How to Respond to Literature with Sketchnotes”

Camilla, Cartographer Lesson Activity

Summary A cartographer is a person who draws or produces maps. Warthogs can draw maps, too. Well, only in the pages of this illuminating book about tracking your path. The story opens on a wintery day. A blanket of snow covers the forest. Camilla,… Continue Reading “Camilla, Cartographer Lesson Activity”

Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egneus

Summary How can we best support and encourage one another? How can we, ourselves, have courage in the face of adversity?  In the book, Lubna and Pebble, Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egneus offer many opportunities to consider the answers to these questions.  The opening… Continue Reading “Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egneus”

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