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Listen to Episodes 25 – 36

Episode 25 LitCentric Radio

November 18, 2019

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin, illustrated by Ebony Glenn, shares an important message of belonging and self-worth through a character everyone will love. This text offers a fun opportunity to explore descriptive language through music and movement. You won’t want to miss it!

Episode 26 LitCentric Radio

December 2, 2019

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall is everybody’s favorite. Today we’ll use this inspiring text to explore how Jabari’s father shows empathy toward his son, and we’ll find evidence along the way.

Episode 27 LitCentric Radio

December 9, 2019

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins is a beloved read loud with a powerful lesson on perspective. We’ll support students to analyze the fictional narrative structure of this text to go beyond the lesson it teaches and include some sophistication that even the youngest writers can handle.

Episode 28 LitCentric Radio

December 16, 2019

Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome, is a powerful text that will knock your socks off! As informative as it is inspiring, it will leave you with a sense of wonder. And hey, why not explore character traits with real-life heroes?

Episode 29 LitCentric Radio

January 6, 2020

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez, will give you all the feels! It’s the perfect book for building your writing community because it demonstrates the beauty in our differences and the value of human connection. We’ll take a look at how figurative language can be used to help tiny moment blossom.

Episode 30 LitCentric Radio

January 13, 2020

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, uses repetition and its characters’ unique perspectives to charm and delight us. Even the youngest readers will be in on the joke!

Episode 31 LitCentric Radio

January 20, 2020

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming, illustrated by G. Brian Karas, is full of both obvious and subtle changes that make the growing plot a lot of fun. Students can try out the technique for themselves in LitCentric Radio’s matching lesson!

Episode 32 LitCentric Radio

January 27, 2020

Meanwhile by Jules Feiffer is my all time favorite book for introducing transitions. It’s quirky, and zany, and so much fun to read aloud. Kids get drawn in from the very first ‘meanwhile’. It’s amazing how polished student writing can sound when transitional words and phrases are used in all the right places.

Episode 33 LitCentric Radio

February 3, 2020

The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter, by Shabazz Larkin, is a beautiful blend of genres, information, figurative language, and gratitude. Your students will learn a lot, and play a lot, with the delightful words and pictures in this book.

Episode 34 LitCentric Radio

February 10, 2020

My Papi Has a Motorcycle, by Isabel Quintero, brings all the feels! Memories of times gone by can be rich resources for writing personal narratives. Learn how in today’s episode!

Episode 35 LitCentric Radio

February 17, 2020

Henri Matisse: Drawing With Scissors, by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Jessie Hartland, proves that biographies can be fun to read and fun to write. Told in first person by an elementary student, this text makes biography approachable and doable.

Episode 36 LitCentric Radio

February 24, 2020

Chicks and Salsa, by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Paulette Bogan, is silly, and savory, and special all rolled into one. We explore alliteration and have a lot of fun doing it with this text!

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