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  1. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    An Introduction to Graphic Novels
    Tune in to hear some background about graphic novels as well as specific recommendations of fantasy epics, memoirs, biographies, and adventure thriller stories, all presented in the form of a graphic novel.
  2. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    Beguiling Billboards: Finding Inspiration along the Road
    For this activity, teens study “Pass It On” billboards created by The Foundation for a Better Life either online or on-the-go, and create an original billboard and inspirational phrase for a person of their choosing.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Tip & How-To
    How to Start a Writer’s Notebook
    Writer’s notebooks allow children and teens to take in the world around them and document their daily lives. Use these tips to learn how to start a writer's notebook with your child.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    It’s Raining Cats and Dogs! Make a Children’s Book about the Weather
    Kids learn about weather sayings throughout history while writing and illustrating a book for younger children.
  5. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Musical Books for Teens
    In this episode, you'll hear about fiction and nonfiction books that explore the importance of music in the lives of young people.
  6. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    Personal Playlists: Ten Favorite Songs
    Work with a teen to create a wiki with everything people should know about the teen’s top ten favorite songs—and your favorite songs as well! Then invite friends to add their favorite songs too.
  7. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    Rate This Movie! Hold a Viewing Party
    High school friends gather together for a viewing party of a movie, at home or the theater, then participate in a salon critiquing the merits of the movie.
  8. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    Soundtrack for My Life
    In this project, teens create autobiographies, adding music selections to their life stories.
  9. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Printout  |  Learning New Skills
    Three Ways to Bind a Handmade Book
    Use one of these three techniques for bookbinding to make children’s and teens’ multi-page texts easier to keep, share, and display.
  10. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Printout  |  Learning New Skills
    Through the Eyes of the Director
    What makes a movie work or fail? A well-made movie can draw viewers in so completely that they can forget that everything they see and hear was planned out by the filmmakers. This printout prompts teens to look at several distinct elements of a movie and decide on their overall effectiveness.