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Breaking News

Today we wrote news reports on Christopher Columbus after he set off onto a voyage of the unknown to find new lands.

Ask any of our journalists to give you the full report!

⭐️ Writers to be announced tomorrow!!


National Geographic Kids

We recently started a subscription with the National Geographic Kids magazine. Our first issue arrived the other day.

Whilst it’s perhaps a bit old headed in places for both X and H, it’s a very useful starting point for me to base discussions and activities around. 41 more words


Passing the Torch

As the end of the school year approaches, educators find themselves wrestling with conflicting emotions. We want to keep our current students whom we’ve come to know and grown to love, and yet we eagerly anticipate the arrival of another group who will no doubt grow us in new ways. 504 more words

"You Can Read!?"

“You can read!?” cried one of my students, rather incredulously, today.

I’d just finished a discussion with a group in guided reading which had come to a natural conclusion so I decided to join in with the independent reading myself for fifteen minutes until lunchtime. 425 more words


Purple Hibiscus: Wive’s Edition

ENGL 3000

December 2, 2016

The very first page of Adichie’s novel reads: “Things started to fall apart when my brother, Jaja, did not go to a communion and Papa flung his heavy missal across the room and broke the figurines on the étagère,” (Adichie); this quote was inspired by Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe, most acknowledged for his best-selling novel, Things Fall Apart. 1,760 more words

Use a double-reader to teach spelling.


Double Reader

I have recently begun re-reading Jonathan Kozol’s “Illiterate America”, copyright 1985.

I saw no reference to reforming the spelling system, but this is no surprise since the topic is literacy in traditional spelling (TS). 1,698 more words


A snapshot of life, 1938.

A literacy teacher instructs 87-year-old Julia Wilson in Birmingham, Alabama.

A snapshot of life, 1938.