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A Q & A With Children’s Author Sheila Keenan

Sheila Keenan, author of a new graphic novel for kids, called Dogs of War, says she tries not to think too much about classroom policies when she writes. “Good storytelling is good storytelling,” says Keenan. Her latest work is about the relationships between soldiers and dogs during World War I. World War II and the […]

What Children’s Authors Make Of Common Core And Education Policy

More than four dozen contemporary young adult and children’s authors were in Florida over the weekend for Miami Book Fair International. As Common Core State Standards for English and language arts are putting a national spotlight on what kids read in class, many of those authors are thinking about the way literature is taught in […]

Author Sherman Alexie Talks Young Adult Fiction And Banned Books

When Sherman Alexie comes to a book fair, he enjoys the communal storytelling. “I like the notion of all that energy surrounding books,” says Alexie. Alexie is the author of award-winning novels, poetry and short story collections about Indian characters living on and off modern-day reservations. His protagonists frequently share a deep, obsessive love of books and basketball. Alexie returns […]

Anatomy Of An English Class: How The Common Core Is Shaping Instruction For One Miami Teacher

Editor’s note: This story was authored by Sarah Carr for The Hechinger Report. MIAMI—English instructor Lois Seaman often speaks bluntly to her middle-school students about the increased expectations they will face under the new Common Core curriculum standards. “It’s like you are looking at this under a microscope; glean all you can from this text,” […]

How Florida Reading Lists Are Changing For New Common Standards

Editor’s note: This story was written by Sarah Carr for The Hechinger Report. MIAMI—In Chris Kirchner’s freshman English classes at Coral Reef Senior High School, novels like “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Great Gatsby” have been squeezed off the syllabus to make room for nonfiction texts including “The Glass Castle” and “How to Re-Imagine […]

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