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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Regional Programs | Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Regional Programs | Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:  Here is an opportunity to enter your writing to compete for some cash prizes.  There is a $5.00 fee for entry, but this may be waived if finances are an issue. January 16th is the deadline for all entries to be uploaded to their website.

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A Quick Introduction to Expository Writing

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How Do I Change My Google Document to a PDF format?

With the internet, almost anything is possible! If you are having difficulties saving your google document into a pdf file format, please check out this video tutorial!

Monday, September 15, 2014

James Dashner Talks Maze Runner Highlights + MORE! | Videos | Random House Kids

James Dashner Talks Maze Runner Highlights + MORE! | Videos | Random House Kids:  Are you excited to see the new Maze Runner movie? Check out this short video of author James Dashner talk about the process of writing a book!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day - more than just a three day weekend!


Everyone loves Labor Day - three day weekend, big sales at the mall... but why do we have Labor Day?Read about some jobs that keep America running and learn why we celebrate Labor Day!
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Monday, July 28, 2014


The blog from Pulse It! Looking for some good books to read this summer or want to try your luck ast winning some books? Want to ask some of the hottest writers a question? This is the blog you will want to read!
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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Man and Beast | The Moth

Man and Beast | The Moth:  Alan Rabinowitz - he was a young child whose terrible stutter prevented him from talking to anyone but animals.  As an adult, Alan's promise to an old jaguar in a zoo comes to life in the jungles of Belize.  Listen to his amazing story now on the Moth.

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MY HERO Teachers Room : Frequently asked questions about The MY HERO Project.

MY HERO Teachers Room : Frequently asked questions about The MY HERO Project.:  This link will bring you to a page with stories about many different people, animals and even some fictional characters from stories - that are all heroes.  You may recognize many of the names of heroes that other people have written about.  Who is your hero?

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The My Hero Project - Alan Rabinowitz

The My Hero Project - Alan Rabinowitz: Read more about Alan to learn why he is Luke Matthew's hero.  After reading this, consider submitting your own essay about someone you admire for their efforts to take care of the Earth!

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Belize Audubon Society

Belize Audubon Society:  Learn more about the Belize Jaguar Preserve that Alan Rabinowitz helped found!

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Alan Rabinowitz - Wild Eyes

As a child, Alan Rabinowitz could not speak because of his stutter - unless he was talking to animals. Listen to this amazing story of how a young boy's dream became a reality that changed the world.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Sister Ink | June 2014

Sister Ink | June 2014: "It’s time for hot summer reads. Whether you’re into witches, gargoyles, forbidden love, or just, ya know, saving the world, there’s something for you! If you only read one book this summer, make it We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. The New York Times Book Review calls it “a ticking time bomb of a novel.” Take a peek. But if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. "

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Maya Angelou | Academy of American Poets

Maya Angelou | Academy of American Poets:  Maya Angelou, activist,author and poet died this week. Read some of her works and a short biography on the poets.org website.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Poetry Foundation - Newsletter

Poetry Foundation - Newsletter: Learn about poet Florence Ripley Mastin, read some poems to celebrate graduation, and more in the May issue of the Poetry Foundation Newsletter!

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Langston Hughes Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story - Biography.com

Langston Hughes Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story - Biography.com: "Langston Hughes Biography Poet, Playwright (1902–1967) QUICK FACTS NAME Langston Hughes OCCUPATION Poet, Playwright BIRTH DATE February 1, 1902 DEATH DATE May 22, 1967 EDUCATION Lincoln University, Columbia University PLACE OF BIRTH Joplin, Missouri PLACE OF DEATH New York, New York AKA Langston Hughes FULL NAME James Mercer Langston Hughes SYNOPSIS EARLY LIFE GROWING SUCCESS A CONTINUING LIFE OF LETTERS DEATH AND LEGACY VIDEOS CITE THIS PAGE Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, and playwright whose African-American themes made him a primary contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s."

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Monday, March 24, 2014

100 Word Story #3

Remember to include the picture you chose as inspiration for your story!

Friday, March 21, 2014

100 Word Story #2 Cool Zone

This abandoned amusement park inspired some students for their 2nd 100 word story. What would you write after seeing this photo?

100 Word Story #2 - Old Car

This old car found by an abandoned farmhouse in upstate New York was the inspiration for the stories posted in the comments.

Monday, March 10, 2014

100 Word Stories!

In 100 words, my students have written stories inspired by the Chateau Miranda, located in Celles, Belgium. The castle was originally built by French aristocrats fleeing the revolution. During and after World War II, Miranda Castle was used as an orphanage. It was abandoned in 1980, with the family refusing to allow authorities to care for the structure. Because of its past, this haunting castle remains a favourite amongst ghost hunters. (source: http://www.distractify.com/culture/arts/the-most-spectacular-abandoned-places-in-the-world/)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

How to Write a Persuasive Essay, Persuasive Writing Tips – Time4Writing.com | Time4Writing

How to Write a Persuasive Essay, Persuasive Writing Tips – Time4Writing.com | Time4Writing:
Still struggling with how to write a persuasive essay? Here are some more tips. If you click on the Free Resources tab on this website, you can view a presentation on writing the introduction, thesis statement, main body and conclusion, print off practice exercises and play some online games that will help improve your writing skills.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Teen Ink | A teen literary magazine and website

Teen Ink | A teen literary magazine and website:  Three favorites reads of 2013, a call for submissions of original artwork, short stories and poems!

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Sister Ink | February 2014

Sister Ink | February 2014: "Do you believe in destiny or free will? In Fates, the spellbinding new novel by Lanie Bross, everything on Earth has already been decided. But it’s your choice whether you want to take the “Fates vs. Free Will” challenge, read an excerpt of the book, or check out the author Q&A. We think you’ll love all of it!"

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Monday, February 17, 2014

What has become of the families featured in the documentary "Bully"?

Many of you asked about what happened to the kids and families that were shown in the movie "Bully". CNN's Anderson Cooper follows up with some of the kids here:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Traffic crashes are the leading cause of teen death in America. Encourage your students to create a public service announcement (PSA) for the 2014 Drive2Life Contest to show what teens can do to prevent, avoid, and get out of an impaired-driving situation.

      • One Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 and a trip to New York City to see his or her vision turned into a 30-second PSA.
      • Four runners-up will each receive $500.

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I Have a Dream Video Contest

I Have a Dream Video Contest:
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?What – and who – inspires and motivates youths? For many people, Dr. Martin Luther King’s iconic "I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 provided the inspiration to consider wide possibilities and to dream of a better world. 
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Friday, January 17, 2014

Teen Ink | A teen literary magazine and website

Teen Ink | A teen literary magazine and website: "2014 " 'via Blog this'  Check out the January 16th edition of Teen Ink! Submit your stories, poems and artwork for publication!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Nobel Minds: the Monthly Nobel Prize Newsletter

RuleMailer: "Martin Luther King Jr. Day 20 January 2014 This day is celebrated in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. annually on the third Monday in January. MLK was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 - a "man who has never abandoned his faith in the unarmed struggle". Watch a clip from Martin Luther King Jr.'s acceptance speech" 'via Blog this'

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition

The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition:  Take the DuPont Challenge! The deadline to submit your essay is January 31, 2014!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Sister Ink | January 2014

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Wow! There are some awesome new books that have just come out.  Check out some of them here!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

7 Buzzell A/D/F Block Student Reviews of Encore! Plays

We had the opportunity to go to the Capitol Theater of the Arts to see Encore! - a compilation of short stories including performances of the Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Necklace, the Monkey's Paw and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Students each chose one story to review.