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Listen to Episodes 25 – 36
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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