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The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast | ELA

Jun 1, 2023

This week on “Highly Recommended” we’re talking about the guy who has been one of my top go-tos for years when someone asks for a book recommendation for  a student. Jason Reynolds. 

In today’s episode we’re talking about a whole range of his fabulous books, including: 

  • Ghost, Lu, Sunny, Patina (The...

May 30, 2023

I see a lot of posts each month inside our Facebook group, Creative High School English, asking for text recommendations for different courses. What's the best book to teach ninth graders? The best short story to teach tenth graders? The best performance poetry for seniors?

I love this type of collaboration, because...

May 25, 2023

This week on Highly Recommended  I’m sharing my favorite online tool for Shakespeare, the free website My Shakespeare. 

So what makes it so great?

Well, let’s start with the fact that it as FULL texts available for Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Julius Caesar. 

May 23, 2023

If you tuned into the podcast last week, you know I received an email from Shannon, an ELA teacher with big questions. In a nutshell, she asked - how do we fit it all in? The writing, the review, the whole class novels, the skills...

Last week, we took a look at the big picture - how to plan the year to cover what...

May 18, 2023

The Dark Matter of Mona Starr, by Laura Lee Gulledge, is a STELLAR book to consider for your choice reading library, book clubs, or even full class text. 

Here's why...

It takes on the issue of mental health and well-being in a positive, real way without being prescriptive or moralistic. 

It showcases healthy...