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Boost Reading Scores Effective Annotating

5 Highly Effective Tips for Annotating Reading Material You know your son likes to read but fails to earn top grades on simple English class reading quizzes; how can you help him…

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3 Tips to Help Your Child’s College Essay Stand Out!

If you have a high school student, you know it’s never too early to start thinking about college. This time of year, students are perusing college options and narrowing down their choices…

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Climbing Steep Hills

“To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first” – William Shakespeare It is no surprise that Shakespeare, the great giver of advice on love, sadness, and emotion, also has some…

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Summer Time Skill Building! Don’t Forget about the Writing.

By now, the entire country has become aware of the importance of reading during summer break. Libraries and schools prioritized preventing the “summer slide,” encouraged by concerned parents, who described summer learning…

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15 Totally Awesome Reads! Grab some books!

 1. Ordinary People, by Judith Guest  ***Oh wow! Yes, an oldie, Hello, Amy but eye opening and tremendously insightful! Read this book now even if you read it 20 years ago b/c…

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7 Study Tips to Ace Final Exams

1) Create a Study Schedule. Stay organized: make a specific list of material you have to review and write down exactly the day time you will tackle these topics. 2) Give yourself…

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The Thrill of Winter: Writing Prompts for Kids

Creative Winter Memories: Can you tell a story about your favorite parts of winter? Can you write about a problem you’ve experienced in the wintertime? What exciting events happened to you while braving…

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Holiday Gift Book Ideas for Your Teen

[This past semester, my sophomore students completed an Independent Reading Project. Here is a partial list of books they recommend for other teens (some excellent reads for adults too!): 1. The Uglies…

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Beware the Ides of Electronic Reading

[Did you know that approximately 59 million people actively use tablets in the United States? Are you aware that Apple sold 14.4 million iPads in 2013? Like my household, I’m sure either…

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Help Your Child to a Healthy End of the School Year

[Although the warm breezes of summer beckon your son or daughter’s imagination to the pool, beach, or park, the reality of school still remains a priority. You want to help encourage a…

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Three Great Reads

[People often ask me, “What does a high school English teacher read for fun?” After wrapping up Jane Eyre with my sophomores and The Great Gatsby with my juniors, I found a…

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Best Young Adult Reads:Voted on by My NT Sophomores

em>Need a good read for the spring? Grab a few of these for your teen!  Fav Reads by Mrs. Haskell’s Sophomore English Students 1. Divergent 2. An Abundance of Katherine 3. Fight…

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