Category Archives: Reading

Review: Freedom Ride

Sue Lawson’s Freedom Ride is good. Really good. Many have called for it to be included on school reading lists and it will be added to ours if I have anything to do with it. It is a terrific portrayal … Continue reading

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Hop. Book. Chat. E03 has been made

Our July episode is a hat tip to the worldbuilders – the creators, makers and dreamers. In Prythian is the New Vampires we look at the worlds in YA fiction that we would like to visit and what we would … Continue reading

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Reading conferences

“Reading conferences provide the most useful opportunities for formative assessment of students’ reading…” – Di Snowball, et al. Reading conferences are, as stated above, excellent. The students benefit measurably from the opportunity to receive immediate feedback from their teacher, get … Continue reading

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Hop. Book. Chat. E02 has dropped.

Twice as long is twice as good, right? Our second episode, Adaptations are the New Vampires, is twelve minutes of pure auditory joy about books that have been, or are about to be, turned into movies. Steven Spielberg, Suzanne Collins, … Continue reading

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Introducing – Hop. Book. Chat.

Jessica Holt, English teacher extraordinaire, and I have just created our first podcast! It’s called ‘Hop. Book. Chat.’. The first episode, Dragons are the New Vampires, is six and a half minutes about dragons in YA fiction. Listen here:

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The Guy, The Girl, The Artist and His Ex – mental illness and the missing chapter

Spoiler Alert: this post contains spoilers. Big time. Read the book first. I have just finished reading The Guy, The Girl, The Artist and His Ex by Gabrielle Williams. It is a fantastic book based on the real-life theft of … Continue reading

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I’m on the ‘tube!

Massive thanks to Chloe and everyone else who was involved in making the latest episode of Hoppers TV – The one about reading!

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How to: Borrow an eBook

In order to borrow books from our ePlatform, students will need to create and Adobe username and password and log in to accept their Terms and Conditions. Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) Your netbook should already have Adobe Digital Editions installed … Continue reading

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English Dept. Holiday Reading

Thank you all for enduring my rushed presentation at the English Faculty staff meeting yesterday evening. I thought I would follow up with a few longer form notes on the books that I spoke about and some that I didn’t. … Continue reading

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Bring Your Book to School Week

We have created Bring Your Book to School Week as a fun way to get some of our overdue books back before we start really pestering people towards the end of the year. Feel free to make a big deal … Continue reading

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