Showing posts with label Young Adult Literature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Young Adult Literature. Show all posts

Monday, October 8, 2018

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival - Videos Based on Newbery Winning Books

Thanks to one of the great teachers that I am working with at Sigsbee Charter School I learned about the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. The festival is really a contest that is organized by YA author James Kennedy.  The purpose of the contest is to encourage students to create short videos based on Newbery-winning books. The point isn't to have students create book reviews or book trailers but to actually tell the story of the book through video. A collection of the best videos of previous years' festivals can be seen here. Two of the videos in that collection are embedded below.

The Giver in 90 Seconds

Crispin: Cross of Lead

Entries into The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival will be accepted until January 11, 2019. Read the submission rules and guidelines here.

Applications for Education
If you have done book trailer projects with your students and you're ready to take a different approach to making videos, consider having students write and produce entries for The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival.

Friday, October 24, 2014

ReadWorks Offers Reading Comprehension Lessons Aligned to Popular Books

ReadWorks is a helpful service that I have featured a handful of times since its launch. ReadWorks has cataloged hundreds of lesson plans and nearly two thousand reading non-fiction and fiction passages aligned to Common Core standards. The latest enhancement to ReadWorks is the launch of reading comprehension units.

The ReadWorks reading comprehension units are available for students in Kindergarten through sixth grade. Each of the units contains a series of lesson plans arranged around popular children's stories like Stone Soup and young adult novels like The Bridge to Terabithia.  Each unit includes pacing guides, questions to facilitate close reading, and alignment to Common Core standards. The units arranged around children's stories also include graphic organizers.

Applications for Education
In addition to the reading comprehension units, ReadWorks offers vocabulary lists for popular children's stories and young adult novels. You can search for those lists by selecting a passage or a lesson in ReadWorks. After making that selection you will find a list of key vocabulary words to go with your selection.

With a free ReadWorks account you can search for lessons and reading passages by grade level, lexile score, reading skill, subject area, and text type (fiction or non-fiction). In your ReadWorks account you can create digital binders of the lesson plans and reading passages that you want to use.

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Book and a Hug - Find Good Books for Your Students

A Book and a Hug is a book recommendation site that I just learned about this morning at the WLMA conference. The site currently hosts reviews of more than 6,000 titles for student readers. You can search for books by keywords, age of the reader, genre, geographical setting of a book, and reading level. In addition to finding reviews your students can contribute their own book reviews to A Book and a Hug. Email addresses are not required in order for students to submit their reviews.

Applications for Education
Finding books that are appropriate for and engaging to young readers can be a challenge. A Book and a Hug could be a tremendous aid in your search and your students' searches for their next favorite book.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Teaching Library - Lesson Plans for Children's Books

Teaching Library is a handy site for teachers who are looking for some lesson plan ideas to go along with children's books. The library features picture books, books for early readers, and books for young adults.

Each book is linked to a list of activities that could be done either while reading the book or after reading the book. The books themselves are not free (you can buy them online or find them locally) but the listed activities are free for your viewing. Teaching Library is supported through Amazon Affiliate sales so if you purchase a book through their site you will be supporting them.

Applications for Education
Teaching Library could be a good resource for teachers struggling to develop a new lesson idea. If you're looking for some new books to add to you classroom, but you're not sure which ones you want, take a look at Teaching Library's suggestions.

H/T to The Whiteboard Blog

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Book Seer - A Book Recommendation Engine

The Book Seer is a neat book recommendation engine that I discovered last night through Kristen Swanson's Teachers as Technology Trailblazers blog. The Book Seer is very easy to use. To get a book recommendation just type in the title and author of a book that you've recently read and the Book Seer will spit out a list of related titles and authors that you might enjoy. I tested the Book Seer with four different titles. The more obscure titles, Snow in the Kingdom, and A Good Life Wasted yielded no results but The World Is Open and Hatchet yielded plenty of results.

Applications for Education
The Book Seer could be a great little tool for students to use after reading a book that they've enjoyed. As good as the Book Seer is, I think I prefer Your Next Read's interface and recommendations.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Most Dangerous Game: Full-length Video

Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game is one of my favorite short stories (and one of the few I remember from high school). I know a number of middle school and high school teachers still use the story in their curriculum. Last night while looking for something totally unrelated, I stumbled across the full-length video of the 1932 movie based on The Most Dangerous Game. The movie is embedded below.

Friday, January 30, 2009

AdLit - Strategies for Teaching Adolescent Literature

AdLit is a website that one of my colleagues who teaches reading recently shared with me. is all about adolescent literature. On AdLit teachers can find book lists, video interviews with authors, and a comprehensive list of strategies for teaching reading and writing. The strategies page gives detailed descriptions of how to implement each strategy. AdLit's strategies page also gives guidance as to the proper timing for implementing the suggested strategies.

Applications for Education
AdLit is a good place for teachers to find strategies for teaching reading comprehension. The suggested strategies can be applied to fiction or non-fiction literature. I am planning on trying the Concept Map strategy with my US History class comprised special education students.

Here are a couple of other young adult literature resources.
Guys Read - Getting Boys to Read
10 Questions for Stephenie Meyer

Sunday, January 18, 2009

10 Questions for Stephenie Meyer

I'll admit to not keeping current on popular children and young adult literature, but I do know that Stephenie Meyer's books are wildly popular with middle school and high school students. In this video, Stephenie Meyer sits down with Eli Sanders of Time Magazine to answer ten questions from readers. In the interview Stephenie Meyer answers questions about the possibility of alternate endings and her writing process. You can watch the video below.

Applications for Education
If you're a reading or literature teacher you probably have students that would be interested in learning a little bit more about one of their favorite authors. If you can't view the video in the YouTube format posted above, try watching it on its original host