Accessibility & Engagement in the Evolving ELA Classroom

Accessibility & Engagement in the Evolving ELA Classroom

As educators, we live for moments that revitalize our passion for teaching. Moments when we see the spark of comprehension in a student's eyes when they connect to a story, when we feel the energy of collaborative discussion unfolding in the classroom, or when we witness struggling readers and students with...

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Pride Month: More than Rainbows

Pride Month: More than Rainbows

Rainbow flags fly, the face tattoos are at Target, and every brand around has brightly colored versions of their products. Oreo, Nike, and Disney go rainbow, while Skittles goes colorless in solidarity for Pride Month. 

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AAPI Mini Lesson: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

AAPI Mini Lesson: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

When Genie “meets” new kid Quentin Sun for the first time in The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee, it’s on her way to school and he’s getting mugged by six grown men. The next time she meets him is in her homeroom after he walks across the room on top of desks, gets in her face, and tells her, “You belong to me.”...

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AAPI Mini Lesson: Frankly in Love

AAPI Mini Lesson: Frankly in Love

In Frankly in Love by David Yoon, Frank Li is the barely-speaks-Korean-Korean son of Korean parents living in Southern California. His parents have sacrificed everything for him and have expectations of their son who simply wants to be a regular American teen, doing regular American teen things like falling in...

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AAPI Mini Lesson: Patron Saints of Nothing

AAPI Mini Lesson: Patron Saints of Nothing

The following is an excerpt from Patron Saints of Nothing, by Randy Ribay. In the novel, Jay Reguero is set to graduate in a few months and then begin school at the University of Michigan, but against his father’s suggestion, he travels to the Philippines to get answers about his cousin who was murdered in...

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AAPI Mini Lesson: The Astonishing Color of After

AAPI Mini Lesson: The Astonishing Color of After

In The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan, Leigh Chen Sanders travels to Taiwan to meet her grandparents after the death of her mother. While in Taiwan, she forges a strong relationship with her grandparents, but she also uncovers family secrets and chases after ghosts, including her mother, who Leigh...

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Driveway Lesson Planning: Celebrating AAPI Month

Driveway Lesson Planning: Celebrating AAPI Month

Another early morning driveway shuffle. My wife ready to leave for work, my car parked behind hers in the driveway. Clad in my bathrobe and flip-flops, I ambled out to the still-dark Monday, backed my car out of the way, pulled back into the driveway, and then just sat in my car, in my robe, in the dark for what...

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AP® World History: How to DBQ

AP® World History: How to DBQ

As we get closer to the AP® World History Exam, students will begin to stress about the required essays they will write as part of the exam. The Document-Based Question essay is particularly challenging for students because they can struggle with reading and understanding the documents they are provided.

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Acing the AP® Gov Exam: FRQ #3

Acing the AP® Gov Exam: FRQ #3

Perhaps you heard of that Supreme Court decision handed down last year, where citizens and an interest group challenged a government-run World War I memorial in the form of a cross, as a violation of the establishment clause. The memorial stands at a busy intersection in Bladensburg, Maryland, and is the site of...

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AP® European History Review: Key Concepts & Dates

AP® European History Review: Key Concepts & Dates

Do you need ideas or extra support helping students review for the AP® European History Exam? Join me as I share my content review resources and explain strategies that I've used successfully with my students to prepare for the exam.

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