Cross-Curricular Blogging

Professional Development & Resources, Triple Dips

Longer Texts for All Readers

Readers of all sorts can share the same texts. Yet word count and vocabulary choice can inhibit progress through certain titles for some readers. This happens in any genre, but tends to show up starting with chapter books or info-packed nonfiction picture books. Happily, your class can explore the same books, themes, character arcs, settings,… Continue reading Longer Texts for All Readers

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Professional Development & Resources

A Visit From St. Critic

As a guest blogger for WriteOnCon 2019, I respectfully revised Clement C. Moore's classic poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas - a.k.a. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' - to fit a writer's narrative. I'm sharing my parody here as a little gift to you.  A Visit from St. Critic ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when… Continue reading A Visit From St. Critic

Professional Development & Resources, Teaching with Critical Thinking, Triple Dips

Triple Dip 2: school, special needs, & everyday heroes

A TRIPLE DIP offers 3 scrumptious and carefully curated kidlit titles that reflect a Common Thing and/or Big Idea that everyone will recognize. Yes, everyone. There are activities – called 3 Scoops & a Cherry on Top –  with every TRIPLE DIP. TRIPLE DIP titles are a mix of genres and stages of literary sophistication.… Continue reading Triple Dip 2: school, special needs, & everyday heroes

Professional Development & Resources, Teaching with Critical Thinking

Holiday Heroes 2018

Susanna Hill has decked the halls, lit the menorah, filled the kikombe cha umoja and launched...  The 8th Annual Holiday Contest I am participating, so here's a brief version of the rules: Use the theme, A Holiday Hero. Write a holiday story aimed at kids age 12 & under. [Ahem... We all know picture book… Continue reading Holiday Heroes 2018

Professional Development & Resources, Teaching with Critical Thinking, Triple Dips

Triple Dip 1: stars & belonging

I introduced my new Triple Dip kidlit resource in the fall of 2018. Here's a quick recap: In each TRIPLE DIP I provide 3 scrumptious and carefully curated kidlit titles that reflect a Common Thing and/or Big Idea that everyone will recognize. Yes, everyone. I’ll write activities – called 3 Scoops & a Cherry on… Continue reading Triple Dip 1: stars & belonging

Professional Development & Resources, Teaching with Critical Thinking, Triple Dips

Get the Scoop on TRIPLE DIP Kidlit Treats

It's time for a new flavor of posts on this blog. Critical thinking and cross-curricular integration will remain key ingredients in a new quasi-monthly menu of cool kidlit. Consider this is your Welcome to Triple Dip post (i.e. an infomercial for my new work). TRIPLE DIP:  a literary sundae of THREE well-blended books & ONE… Continue reading Get the Scoop on TRIPLE DIP Kidlit Treats