Yearly Archives: 2016

Acting to Up the Ante

By Lacey B. Ramsey * This title and the activities described here are deeply influenced by Jeffrey Wilhelm’s wonderful book: “You’ve Gotta Be the Book”: Teaching Engaged and Reflective Reading with Adolescents * Teaching is a reflective profession, and every fall I look back on my previous experiences and reflect on what worked and what didn’t.…
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We Are Always More Than Our Test Scores

By Nicole Salvitti and Lisa Simon (for more information on using and writing poems for two voices, click here). As we write, we are adults who have passed successfully through many layers of education (Nicole has her M.S. and Lisa her Ph.D.in literacy education). But, like so many learners, our school histories included painful times…
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2016 Judging Panel

We have an all new panel of judges this year in place to help us choose our 2016 Relevant Reads contest winners! These talented education and literacy professionals will be looking for those stories which best meet the criteria and goals of the Story Shares library: to engage struggling readers with content that is relevant…
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What Is Readability? It’s a Friendship in the Form of a Text.

By Nicole Salvitti and Lisa Simon Think about something you read recently. How did you come to read it?  Did it catch your eye and then, after reading a bit, you decided it was worth reading?  Is it something friends or colleagues have been reading and talking about? Did you hear a review that made…
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Overcoming Writer’s Block

By: Gina Simoncelli   Writer’s Block. This dreaded ailment strikes when you least expect it and hits you like a bad cold; it’s frustrating, makes it impossible for you to work, and it can leave you with one whammy of a headache. Writer’s block can be all too familiar to writers, whether they’re putting pen…
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Writer Wednesday Featuring Ginger Tull

This week we're excited to feature the mind behind "Pods, Life at Sea" and "New Mexico Winds." These two stories have spent less than one year in our library and have already been read widely, in addition to being used by our organization as "exemplar reads" - stories which do a great job of showcasing…
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Fantasy Writing 101

For this week's writing tips and prompts, we will be taking a look at a story genre that we feel can best be described as a doorway. Turn the knob and you'll be led to a numberless expanse of other worlds, ones where time travel is possible, animals speak, and above all else, magic is…
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Horror Writing 101

As we approach the launch of our 2016 Relevant Reads contest, we will be bringing you weekly tips and prompts to help get you started with your story submissions! We look forward to providing content related to each of our five contest categories, which we'll do over six weeks, breaking horror/suspense into two separate posts…
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Writer Wednesday Featuring Tiffany Jones

This week's Writer Wednesday features Tiffany Jones, author of Bully, The Alternative, Where is Beauty, Change of Heart, Starting Over, The Minorcans, and The Best News. Tiffany has been with Story Shares since the very beginning. Her story Bully earned her a finalist award in our first competition. At that time, Story Shares existed as…
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Monday Mini Contest Winners

Monday Mini Contest: noun.  a weekly competition intended to provoke creative thought and inspire story generation. Story Shares' Monday Mini Challenges are an interactive weekly fixture in which the organization's followers are asked to write one sentence in response to a given image. The challenge runs from Monday morning of each week to Thursday afternoon,…
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