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Nailed it.
Nailed it.

Yesterday I spent 15 minutes searching for a website/resource I want to use this year. I couldn’t find it in my bookmarks, or remember its name, just that I discovered them at NCCE, and could have sword that I wrote about them in a post-convention post. Nope. Nowhere. But I did find it in my bookmarks, (forgot which browser I had it on), and gathered the needles and built a new haystack for colleagues.

(I really need to do a better job of tagging these posts.)

In my head:

From The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne
From The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne

You need this book.

And links:

Actively Learn


Artifact (DiscoverArtifact)


Podcasts for teaching (link to fictional podcasts — but there are many to choose from for informational/argumentative topics)

And solid books in print:


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book and earth

Books/Text Recommendations

A Curated, But Never Complete, List

The focus is primarily 6th grade +: if you have recommendations for elementary school age children, please comment!

Make a list. Focus. Read the text/novels/stories first. Make notes. Next discussion: genres.

Rinse. Repeat.

Nine Websites for Readers

Some Favorite Book Club Books for Middle School

Common Lit

Actively Learn



Artifact App


Smithsonian Magazine

This American Life


The Moth



Snap Judgment


And bonus points superstar awesome-sauce!