Grand Prize for Story of the Year Contest: CELEBRATE DIVERSITY AWARD

At Story Shares, it’s no secret that our mission is to create ‘relevant and engaging’ content for students in middle and high school who read below grade level. Often, the approach to reading instruction or improvement is focused around building the technical skills and using assessments to accurately measure progress. At Story Shares, we prioritize…
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Pulling Back the Curtain: Beta Readers And Critique Groups

  How To Approach Them, Where To Find Them, And When To Accept Criticism/Advice By: Terri Whitmire, CEO & Founder of The WritersTablet.org   So you’ve received that glowing testimony from family and friends, but somewhere in the back of your mind you doubt their platitudes. After all, they may feel obligated to say nice things.…
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Beautiful Books – A Reading Diversely Project

By: Wendy M. McDonald   In recent years, there’s been a strong push throughout the KidLit community to bring diverse books to readers. Perhaps you’ve heard of the grassroots organization We Need Diverse Books. Their goal is to put books with diverse characters into readers’ hands—books that aren’t always about diversity—though sometimes they are—but that embrace it…
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The Disney Effect and What It Means for Our Literature

by Gina Simoncelli   Ursula had just made her big-screen appearance when Lucy buried her face in a pillow. The four year old peered out, eyes wide with fear, and jumped when Ursula’s henchmen swam onto the screen. She was scared stiff, and buried herself firmly beneath a layer of protective covers. I was momentarily…
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Thoughts on Writing

by Joe Novara   All of us have selective perceptive. If a woman walks into a room of four people, one might remark her clothes; another, her shoes; another, eyes; another, total manner and poise. The same is true of the world at large. Each of us notices specific things—music, dogs, cars—and finds ourselves making…
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2016 Relevant Reads Contest Winners

After several months of reading and enjoying the 1,665 stories entered into our 2016 Relevant Reads contest, our team is finally able to announce our five award-winning titles! Congratulations to each of you, and thank you so much to everyone who gave their time, efforts, and imagination to participating in this year's competition. We hope…
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Six Reasons To Use Comics in Your Classroom

by Lisa Simon, Ph.D. Whether you know it or not, it’s likely that comics already have a significant place in your classroom – in your students’ backpacks and desks and on their phones. Bringing comics into your teaching lets you take advantage of the high interest they engender. It’s also a great way to make…
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Literacy Beat’s Review of Story Shares

By Thomas DeVere Wolsey Written for Literacy Beat   Recently, I participated in a Twitter chat hosted by the International Literacy Association #ILAChat and Sam Patterson (@SamPatue) on the topic of the Association’s latest What’s Hot in Literacy report. While there, I met the Story Shares team. In their own words, “Story Shares is a…
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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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