Having trouble finding that perfect book? Listen to our podcasts for some great book recommendations. Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers focuses on books for children in grades K–5. Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers provides families, educators, out-of-school practitioners, and tutors reading recommendations they can pass along to teen readers.
This month on Chatting About Books, listen in as Emily Manning chats with Judy Young, one of the authors of the Tales of Young American series. Judy discusses her research process and how she looks for “seeds” of history that she can grow into stories. She also shares which time period she would like to visit if she could go back in time!
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 Text Messages to hear about Francisco’s novels, including how they 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.
For classroom materials on other timely topics, just keep reading! We have materials on George Lucas, the Academy Awards, Raymond Carver, Malcolm X, and more!
- Stop the Summer Slide! Encourage students to use our Brights Ideas for Summer.
- Shape It Up! Our redesigned Theme Poems tool (formerly the Shape Poems tool) allows students to write poems inside shapes.
- Take advantage of the long summer days, and prevent summer learning loss with Thinkfinity’s fun, interactive games, resources, and field trips.
- Reflect on the school year with the grades 6–8 lesson Making Memories: An End-of-Year Scrapbook.
- Celebrate the heritage of Asian and Pacific Americans and their contributions to the United States with activities from ReadWriteThink.
From the Calendar
- May 14: Star Wars creator George Lucas was born in 1944. Students use the Hero’s Journey interactive to describe how Luke Skywalker meets each stage of his journey, and then brainstorm other works that use the formula. (For grades 7–12)
- May 16: The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929. Students make lists of their favorite and least favorite movies and brainstorm qualities that make a film good or bad. Next, students write a movie review for a film they have seen. (For grades 5–12)
- May 18: Raymond Carver was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1988. Students identify characteristics of Carver's work and compare them to other authors, as well as to literary minimalism. Students then write original poems or short stories in minimalist style. (For grades 7–12)
- May 19: Malcolm X was born in Nebraska in 1925. Students write about the origin of their name and explore the names that Malcolm X used during this life. (For grades 5–12)
- Later this month, find lesson plans and activities on Charles Lindbergh, Mister Rogers, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sally Ride, and more!
Discuss These Topics with Other Teachers
- Favorite Resources for Teaching Fairy Tales?
- Are you using online video as a teaching aid?
- How do you nurture a child's curiosity?
- The Thinkfinity Community Mobile app is now available on Apple’s App Store! You can also download the Thinkfinity Community app on Android or VCast. All three versions are free.
- Make the most of Thinkfinity.org by adding our partners to your social network!
If you have feedback or questions about ReadWriteThink, all you have to do is contact us.
[Photo: Girl Reading by o5com, on Flickr]