The Flame Challenge: Using Today’s Technology to Answer Alan Alda’s 65-Year-Old Question

What I love most about this is that Ames focused his answer on the way in which he answered it. He used an approach that resonates with 11-year-olds – video, song, animation, and HUMOR.

I’ll Be Sittin’ by Keith “Blu” Warfield from the Louder Than A Bomb 2010 Series

This poem was originally published on alt.NPR: Youthcast from PRX and I heard its broadcast last night while I was driving my son to Horsham, PA. I thought the poem was terrific and I hope you do, too!

Truth, Lies, and Videotape: Critical Thinking about this Election

As I write this post, teachers and students are readjusting to being in school and this year, many teachers are using the Common Core State Standards while they are planning their lessons. The English Language Arts standards require that older students spend more time reading, interpreting, analyzing, and thinking about informational and non-fictional texts.

Fulfilling the Standards for 6–12 ELA requires much greater attention to a specific category of informational text—literary nonfiction—than has been traditional (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices & Council of Chief State School Officers, n.d.).

What better way to expose students to informational and non-fictional texts than to get them thinking, reading, and writing about this extremely important Presidential election?