April 18, 2019
by Nora Nagy
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A Connecticut Yankee in the English classroom

We are all aware of the benefits of extensive reading, but some of us may feel unsure about how to approach longer texts in class. How should we scaffold the reading for our students and how much time should we dedicate … Continue reading

February 26, 2019
by Nora Nagy
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Beat the bullies through books: a review of Jane, the Fox & Me

“I told her, You’ll see, the story ends well.” Did you have any books in your childhood and teenage years which surrounded you with a protective haze? The ones which made you feel safe and ‘normal’ and where the world … Continue reading

February 14, 2018
by Nora Nagy
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Sherlock Holmes and the Stolen Jewels in the classroom

We are all aware of the benefits of extensive reading, but some of us may feel unsure about how to approach longer texts in class. How should we scaffold the reading for our students and how much time should we dedicate … Continue reading

November 7, 2017
by Nora Nagy
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Lighting up Children’s Lit: Astrid Lindgren

The people who made a difference: 1) Astrid Lindgren “I want to write for a readership that can create miracles. Children create miracles when they read. That’s why children need books.” Astrid Lindgren As I read about Astrid Lindgren’s life … Continue reading

November 2, 2017
by Nora Nagy
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Five new classics to explore 3: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

When we open a classical novel, we open the door to multiple worlds (historical, geographical, literary, psychological and philosophical) to explore. It is exciting to see what each title means to us, who the author is, how the books were … Continue reading