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LenVlahos » The William C. Morris Award

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BJ Neary's curator insight, January 18, 7:29 PM

Loved this book and am so glad it is a finalist for the Morris Award! If you have not read it- get it now!

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The best YA books of 2015 - Telegraph.co.uk

The best YA books of 2015 - Telegraph.co.uk | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
The must-read young adult fiction (YA) and best teen books released in 2015. Updated weekly
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Critical Thinking Questions Students Should Be Able to Ask ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Critical thinking requires a special set of questions that have the ability to activate higher order thinking skills and therefore enable students to evaluate, synthesize, apply, analyze and interpret information. These questions are usually open in nature and tend to foster divergent thinking. Prince George’s County provides a very good explanation of each of these kinds of questions with examples of each category. 


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These questions aren't just useful for reading, but they do help understand text as well.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 22, 2014 12:09 PM

This infographic sits on top of a powerful set of questions that will help any reader/thinker of any age ... get critical!

Stuart Schwartz's curator insight, January 4, 3:57 PM

EAP teachers take notice.

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You Cannot Afford to Miss These Free Resources for Audio Books, eBooks and Textbooks - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

You Cannot Afford to Miss These Free Resources for Audio Books, eBooks and Textbooks - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
And here, we have rounded up the best places where you can find free best resources audio books, eBooks and textbooks.

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Graphic via library.austintexas.gov

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17 Writers On The Importance Of Reading

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"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." —Lemony Snicket

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, November 11, 2014 9:22 AM

Bonus feature: links to the works from which the quotes are taken so there is more reading about writers and writing yet to be done, so there are more opportunities to satisfy curiosity, to connect with and meditate with great minds. . .

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TPL Teens: Best YA Books of the Year: Lightning Round

TPL Teens: Best YA Books of the Year: Lightning Round | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
Recently, I asked some YA libarians to weigh in on some of the books selected as among the year's best YA books by book reviewers. I asked them the following three questions: 1) What did you like the most about the book? 2) Who would you recommend the book to?...
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Some great books -- and I like the quick hook format of the article.

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Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction

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More proof that readers of fiction are a very special breed.
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Fits with the research that shows how the areas of the brain that light up when you are reading are the same areas that light up when you are DOING whatever it is you are reading about. If you live another person's life (at least, according to your brain), you will be more empathetic.

Fascinating.

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We Are Teachers

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Citing textual evidence is about more than ratlling off quotes from the story. Here are 13 strategies to improve discussions through student use of textual evidence.
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Helpful Anchor Charts.

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Thousands of free audio books to read on iPhone, Android, Kindle and more. Download mp3s, get previews, browse categories and search for your favorite free audio book. Download and enjoy a book today!
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INCIDENTAL COMICS: Conflict in Literature

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, August 10, 2014 11:22 AM

10 August 2014

 

And there you have it. Great Literature  has always been Virtual Reality at its best. And, the best Fiction has always reflected humanity's deepest Truths. 

 

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Community: What Are Your Favorite YA Graphic Novels? | Blog | Epic Reads

Community: What Are Your Favorite YA Graphic Novels? | Blog | Epic Reads | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
 

With the release of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book Vol 1.
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No one is too old for graphic novels. Love the combination of words and visuals. 

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The Best List of Reading Response Questions Ever.

The Best List of Reading Response Questions Ever. | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
When I was in the classroom, I used the workshop model.  After students read silently every day, I asked that they write in their reading response journal for just five minutes.  They could choose ...
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Awesome reading response questions that get kids using the higher Bloom's taxonomy levels.

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Read, Kids, Read

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It’s not a chore. It’s a path to fulfillment that fewer are traveling.
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The benefits of reading. 

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The 100 Best Young Adult Fiction Novels, According to TIME - Refinery29

The 100 Best Young Adult Fiction Novels, According to TIME - Refinery29 | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
Having a YA habit as an adult used to be, well, a little embarrassing.
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I'm not embarrassed at all to be caught reading YA books. So many great ones out there.

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Series for Readers Age 10 – Young Adult - Children's Books Daily...

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Series for Readers Age 10 – YA There is nothing better than using the school holidays as a chance to become totally

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My students love series. There is something reassuring about knowing what you are reading next -- and spending extended time with characters you like.

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The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014

The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014 | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
Nabokov's love letters, Shackleton's courageous journey, the unsung heroes behind creative icons, Joni Mitchell unbound, and more.

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The 17 Best YA Books Of 2014

The 17 Best YA Books Of 2014 | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
From dystopian to romance, these young adult books stole our hearts in 2014. *Ranked in no particular order*
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How Reading Transforms Us - New York Times

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Art doesn’t try to dictate what you think. It helps you change yourself.

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The power of reading.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 27, 2014 11:12 AM

Every reader knows how transformational a text can be. How it can resonate and echo within us for hours, days, even years after reading it. Reading helps us understand ourselves better and learn more about the world in which we live.

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How Reading Fiction Can Help You Live a Better Life

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Ask a liberal arts major about the benefits of reading fiction and they'll regale you with all kinds of nonsense about how it makes you a better person. Ask
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Interesting point about reading science fiction to help accept change. 

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Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books

Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
It's time to power down your Kindle.
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Interesting on the level of yes, reading is good for you, and also on the level that print is not the same as electronic. Power down people.

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- The Things I Did That Stopped A Love of Reading

- The Things I Did That Stopped A Love of Reading | The World of Reading | Scoop.it

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 14, 2014 7:27 PM

Choice helps in reading.

 

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I am going to share with my English department.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, November 21, 2014 3:12 PM
It is worth thinking about the classroom practices that really energize readers; this article looks at many standard practices.
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6 Reasons Why Print Books Will Always Be Better

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Surprise, surprise. Literary writers prefer print....

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, August 23, 2014 1:23 PM

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One simple question. Would you consider using this article in class as an excellent example of "Informational Reading"?

 

I might, but not for the reasons you might expect.

 

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A PREFACE:  A clarification. It is not my intent to counter the pro-print and anti-E-book positions taken in this article. My intent is to call into question the tact taken by the article's writer (henceforth referencing the writer of the article in order to distinguish the article's author from the book authors referenced in the article).Had the author used the same tact, with the exception of presenting only evidence gleaned from pro-eBook writers, I would certainly have had as much to be concerned about  regarding its lack of balance.

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I might use this article as an exercise in determining when "informational reading represents an example of a writer being informed, misinformed, disinformed, or ill-informed.

 

My intent was to reference the writer of the article, however I suppose that it might also reference the authors who are the subject of the article as well.

 

My concerns...

 • The article's title is misleading. I had hoped that the writer might be writing an article representing a cross-section of authors who have preferences for reading traditional print or E-Books. 

 

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AN INTERESTING SIDEBAR: The previous comment refers to the title on the article as it was published on The Huffington Post (Click to the article above to see for yourself). When "scooped" for this blog, the title mysteriously changed to "6 Reasons why Print Books Will Always be Better." Having done my fair share of print production, I know that headlines are generally not the work of an article's author, but rather the product of the page layout person. The headline as published on The Huffington Post is misleading; the headline that appears at the top of this blog is at least more honest in that it does not hide the writer's bias.

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I've long had concerns about teachers who express to their students a preference (or skeptical opinion) of either format. Well intended as it may be, it is a personal opinion being passed off as an informed opinion. And, we live in a world where many, if not most, students from every ability level are still too often focused upon reflecting what they believe to be what the teacher wants them to believe, whether they do or not, is going to be on the test (or appreciated by the person who will eventually be handing out grades). Those who prefer "the other" media for their reading may well come to one of two conclusions; either perceiving themselves as in a minority of those "less respected" by the teacher or, in a class with a clueless teacher. This is disturbing in light of our goal of encouraging all students to value the wisdom articulated in great works of literature.

 

 • The writer then begins by clarifying the fact that the authors of whom she writes all share a particular grudge against Amazon, the major distributor of digital text. Their grudge, which may well be justified, is primarily based upon Amazon's policy of not making available books written by authors whose works are also sold by Amazon's primary competitor, Hachette. I suppose this is a reasonable concern since the  Amazon policy does punish the authors by reducing the distribution of their work. The authors become the rope being dragged through the mud in the tug-o-war between two corporations. So, unfair as it appears to be, the question is can authors be unbiased when asked about their preferences for reading media? I don't know. 

 

 • In spite of the headline's appearance of an implied promise to be fair and balanced, the writer clarifies in bold, but buried, text that her article will only represent authors who favor traditional print over digital media. 

 

Those authors articulate the traditional arguments in favor of traditional print, many of which are reasons that my own reading habits sometimes includes traditional print. I do love the ambiance that the wall of books in my den brings to the room. I do appreciate the feel of a book in my hands, the smell of an old book as I read an old classic. I like the "lendability" of printed books, (though I suppose that isn't a preference for many authors who would rather every reader by his or her own copy).

 

 • Another concern is that there is a common "jump to the conclusion" that authors have some special expertise on the subject. 

 

They may have some degree of expertise on quality of an author's writing. Though examples of famous author's distaste for other famous authors abound. (see: The 30 Harshest author on author insults in History: http://flavorwire.com/188138/the-30-harshest-author-on-author-insults-in-history)

 

It's pretty clear to anyone who happens to prefer E-Book reading that some of these authors are in fact ill -informed or inadequately experienced about reading E-Books. 

 

For example, like Lev Grossman, I too want to leave my kids a roomful of books, but reducing the act of reading E-books to "a chunk of plastic that they (the kids) have to guess the password to" would not pass muster in my class for representing an argument objectively. 

And, I don't even get the intent of his quoting Maurice Sendak's suggestion that there is a parallel between reading books and sex having only one kind PERIOD. Absurd. One of the most exciting trends in creating reading materials is the exploration being done by authors of many new concepts in packaging books.

 

Emma Straub, begins with her confession that she's never read an e-book. Well, I'd rather hear the opinions of authors who have invested time in learning a bit about the subject they have taken a very strong opinion about. I do agree with her that I don't find reading on my phone to be a preferable mode of reading. But, to suggest that reading on a phone is a counter argument of much value, in spite of the distinct differences between reading e-books on a phone and reading e-books on other devices. 

 

Anthony Doerr. If you feel that way, fine. Sometimes I have similar, but less intense preferences. However, having also spent a lot of time on my iPad I've come to understand that e-book modes of letting me know where I am in the book are pretty easy to get used to and have some distinct advantages. I would not have an opposing view if he'd indicated that he has issues with the difficulty of referencing pagination since unlike print books, pagination varies in e-books dependent upon font size options they have which brings both the consistent pagination problems but also the benefit of being able to adjust visual comfort. And, if his reference to making "scribbles of my passage" refers to the delightful activity of highlighting text and creating marginalia, Well, e-books beat the pants off of printed books, ah, IN MY OPINION.

 

And, his concern about the irritation he feels when getting "alerts blooming across the page announcing that it's your turn in Words With Friends," as clever as it seems at first indicates that he must not have phones that ring or an awareness of the preferences for controlling alerts  on digital devices. 

 

I must say that I was much less concerned about the comments of the last three authors included in this article.

Sue Monk Kidd presents her pro-print opinions without having to counterbalance them with questionably ill-informed opinions about e-book reading.

 

Elizabeth McCracken also restricts her comments to very specific reasons why she prefers print over e-Books in that dropping a paper book while reading in the bathtub is much less of a problem than dropping one's iPad while bathing. And, coffee spills and small children? Yes, these are arguments that with the exception of simply being careful, are understandable concerns.

 

Karen Russell prefers print over e-Books but makes the most sensible statement when she recognizes that "But writing an e-book has been an exciting experiment; it's the way so many people read now. [Print versus e-books] is sort of a funny rivalry."


The problem she mentions about feeling like a dinosaur for her preference is intriguing. I would hope that one's reading preferences would NOT make one feel like an outcast. Though, those of us with some concern about sustainability issues relating to the consumption of paper might feel a bit more concerned about the matter. 

 

But, with that exception, what is the advantage in a classroom of a teacher expressing his or her preference as though students with the "other preference" are outcasts and in an indefensible position?

 

Reading preferences are not like elections where one side wins if it can demonstrate a majority approval. The real "winners" are those who prefer reading regardless of preference for means of access.

 

 Our personal preferences in reading format are personal.

 

On the other hand, our professional preferences in reading format ought to be in promoting whatever means of accessing the great stories that each of our students find most engaging. This might simply be a recognition that individualizing our lesson design should consider THEIR reading access preferences not ours.

 

And, by the way, check out the graphic used to illustrate the article. A chalk board????? 

 

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What Should I Read Next? Book recommendations from readers like you

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What Should I Read Next? Book recommendations from readers like you. Register for free to build your own book lists
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Help for those who don't know what to read next --when there is no librarian around to help them find something!

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Prejudice / Discrimination - Social Issues - Books

Prejudice / Discrimination  - Social Issues - Books | The World of Reading | Scoop.it

AA Mighty Girl is the world's largest collection of books and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls.

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