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Vocabulary Land Game Board (Grades  4-12)


Vocabulary Land, similar to Hasbro® Candy Land™
, is a captivating vocabulary game that's guaranteed to get students excited about learning new words
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Top 5 Tips for Meeting an Author at a Conference

One of my favorite parts of being an English teacher/librarian is going to conferences and meeting authors. Over the years, I have honed my “author meeting techniques” so I get the most out of my 2–3 minutes with the author and don’t come off as the lunatic “fan girl” that I secretly am.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

5 Ways to Use Author Interviews to Enhance Vocabulary Instruction

I love how amazingly approachable and kind authors are, especially those who write for children, middle schoolers, and teens. I am lucky enough to attend NCTE and ALAN each year, where I track down authors and ask them to share with teachers and students everywhere why vocabulary is important to them. I use the recordings from the interviews and create videos to inspire students. Below are five ways you can use my interviews with authors this year to enhance vocabulary instruction!

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Author Interview: Brandon Mull

 

 

Last spring, my favorite bookseller, Tami, at Fundamentals Bookstore in Delaware, Ohio, called to ask if I wanted to go to dinner with children’s book author Brandon Mull.  Not having read his Fablehaven, Candy Shop Wars or Beyonders series books, I didn’t know what to expect, but I definitely had an amazing time! 

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Summer Learning: Author Daniel Handler

When I presented vocabulary strategies to teachers in Texas, I was anxious to show them this particular video, as it is one of my (many) favorites.  When I introduced the video by saying I was really excited that I got to interview Daniel Handler, the room remained silent and somewhat questioning-was it that big a deal that I interviewed this guy no one had heard of?  Then I said, "Oh, y'all may know him under his pseudonym, Lemony Snicket!"

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer Learning: Author Interviews

07 Vocab Gal Author Interview Worksheet

When I surveyed my students at the end of the year about which vocabulary activities they liked best, I deliberately asked them if they enjoyed the author videos that I shared each Monday.  The answer was a resounding yes, if for now other reason I think than for getting to watch videos in class.  

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Author Interview: Libba Bray

I just love Libba Bray’s insightful analysis, quirky characters and her ability to write such diverse yet equally fantastic books!  She was incredibly gracious to allow me to interview her, even though she had gotten very little sleep the night before and had just been on a panel discussing female tropes with the equally fascinating Gail Carringer as well as autographing books all morning.  Thanks Libba! 

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