Resources for Student Success

Want to know the BEST trick to boosting your teen’s SAT reading score withOUT spending hours at an SAT prep class?

This article helps parents and teens understand how to easily boost SAT Verbal and English scores and provides fun, easy book suggestions at the end to help your teen get started and…

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5 Easy Reading Tips to Help Boost Your Teen’s Grades

Remove distractions. It’s easy to get diverted from your task when you’re surrounded by devices! Avoid getting sucked into the internet by reading in an area away from your phone, computer, or…

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How do I make sense out of this novel?

Help Your Child Spin Difficult Text Into Success  Now what?!? Smart solutions for your child’s reading disasters. Whether your child reads with ease or struggles to make sense of a book, the…

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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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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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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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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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Reading: A Sure Fire Way to Improve Writing

Reading and writing in schools became linked at the turn of the century, when Harvard and other universities decided that reading literature was essential to learning to write. Do these four reasons…

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Please Read Wonder, by P.J. Palacio

A warm, engaging, sad yet humorous story that will make you pause, think about life, and offer you hope. This wonderful book will entertain children and adults and give special insight to…

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7 Steps to Highly Effective Annotations

Reading, understanding a text, and writing an essay can all become easier if you take the time to annotate your text. What does it actually mean to Read and Annotate? Here are seven easy…

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