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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    ABC Bookmaking Builds Vocabulary in the Content Areas
    V is for vocabulary. A content area unit provides the theme for a specialized ABC book, as students select, research, define, and illustrate a word for each alphabet letter.
  2. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with A.S. King
    Tune in to hear about the seeds behind her newest novel, Everybody Sees the Ants. We’ll discuss how several of the novel’s key elements came about during Amy’s writing process, how The Vagina Monologues connects thematically to elements of the text focused on bullying and torture, and how satire helped her to make a key point about Lucky Linderman’s process of coming to terms with the adult world.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Chris Crutcher
    Tune in to hear the about the ideas behind Crutcher's newest book, Period 8; his thoughts on writing in honest language for teenagers; and what readers have told him about the impact of his stories.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Coe Booth
    Tune in to hear how Coe Booth worked through the challenges of writing Bronxwood, how she makes sense of her characters’ actions, and how her books challenge readers to develop critical social consciousness.
  5. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Francisco X. Stork
    In the world of young adult literature, there are certain authors readers can count on to engage both their minds and their hearts in a good story. Francisco X. Stork is one of those authors. Tune in to hear how Francisco’s novels explore themes of religious faith and ambition, how his own life experiences are reflected in his books, and how he thinks about the diverse Latino characters he has created.
  6. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Judy Blume
    Tune in to hear Judy Blume talk about how she got her start and learned the craft of writing from her long-time editor, Dick Jackson; what it’s like returning to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, which is the setting for her current novel; and how she’s responded to the many parodies and tributes that seal her place in popular culture.
  7. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Matt de la Peña
    Tune in to hear Matt discuss some of the thinking behind his newest novel, We Were Here.
  8. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Matthew Quick
    Matthew Quick's debut YA novel, Sorta Like a Rock Star, offers up a story of hope. Tune in to hear Quick talk about main character Amber Appleton, the ways she affects people, and the challenges of writing novels that foreground hope.
  9. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Nancy Werlin
    In the world of YA fiction, there’s no one better than Nancy Werlin at sucking you into a suspenseful tale that will also lead you to reflect deeply on human nature. Tune in to hear Nancy discuss the appeal of dark stories and the inspiration for her newest novel, Extraordinary.
  10. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Rita Williams-Garcia
    It’s rare to find historical fiction that weaves rich period detail into the lives of memorable and endearing characters, but Rita Williams-Garcia’s middle-grade novels One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven do just that. Tune in to hear Rita explain how she drew on personal and historical contexts to develop her characters and tell their story. You’ll also hear about her great love for her work and her commitment to spending as long as it takes to get the story right.

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