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Race and the Literary Canon

“OK,” I say to my students, “this is a book written 57 years ago about events that would have happened 84 years ago. Are the things being discussed here still relevant today? Why or why not?” My students pause. We’ve just finished...

5 Things to Consider Before Publishing Your Book

Special Advertising Note: The following sponsored content is brought to you by IngramSpark. Throughout November, thousands of writers fought the noble fight to complete a book for National Novel Writing Month. If one of those writers was y...

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Sal Boxford wins the November contest!

@Wreybies could you do the honours?Banana, Rosa [3,468] It’s not right for an animal to be caged. You can’t keep a creature in captivity just so a bunch of kids can be disappointed to find it isn’t the anthropomorphic best bud Disney/...

Writing Sequels: 7 Rules for Writing Second Installments

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in Writer’s Digest magazine. Check out the latest issue here or subscribe. Your first book was well received—hooray! But how can you ensure success when writing sequels? These 7 secrets will ...

Cultivating a Love of Reading in the Digital Age

Do your students turn the pages of a book or swipe the screen of a tablet as they read a new story? When children scroll through a blog post like the one you’re reading, how do they know when to pause, click, share, or talk about what the...

Teaching Current Events in the Age of Social Media

With each click of the mouse or flip of the channel, our society is inundated with headlines focused on natural disasters, sexual harassment allegations, countries on the brink of war, and teen suicides. While none of this is anything new, ...

Empowering Students to Curb Bullying

Bullying among school-age children is on the decline. This is a promising trend; however, 28 percent of all young people in the U.S. experience online bullying, and almost one in four experience bullying in person. Bullying often takes plac...

The Power of Being Seen

When the bell rang for early dismissal on a recent afternoon at Cold Springs Middle School in Nevada, students sprinted toward the buses while teachers filed into the library, where posters filled with the names of every child in the 980-st...

What Happens Now That The College Strike is Over?

The college strike is over. After more than a month without classes, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government has pushed through back-to-work legislation. That means the 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians, who had been ...

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