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Pairing Fiction With Poetry and Performance

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Grades 9 – 12
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Estimated Time At least eight 45-minute sessions
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Susan Ruckdeschel

Susan Ruckdeschel

New York, New York


International Literacy Association


Calendar Activities

Professional Library



Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 7

Celebrate Louise Erdrich's birthday today.

Students watch a short video about Erdrich's love of books and write their own memory piece.


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Grades   3 – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Acting Out: Literature, Drama, and Connecting With History

The article includes recommendations for teachers interested in integrating literature, drama, and history.


Grades   K – 6  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Acting Out: Literature, Drama, and Connecting With History

This article describes a successful teacher-professor collaboration to plan interdisciplinary curriculum and team-teach it in a first-grade classroom.


Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Amy Tan in the Classroom: "The art of invisible strength"

Offers high school teachers an activity-based approach to teaching the works of Amy Tan, especially The Joy Luck Club and The Opposite of Fate.


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