TeenReads.com Ultimate Reading List


Teen Reads is a great site for teens who are looking for ideas about what books to read. It has an Ultimate Reading List comprised of books that are  “compelling, beautifully written, pure fun, thought-provoking or edge-of-your-seat gripping; books that we would hand to someone and say, ‘read this!'”

Motivating Teens to Read and Write

“Teens say the most important factor for them to feel motivated to write is using it as a way to connect with, and receive feedback from, teachers, family members, and friends.”


Full-Text Short Stories and More

I often find myself searching for full-text pieces for my students to use in class.  Here are several resources I have found.

A Bibliography for a Few Non-Fiction Text Sets for Argument Writing

Short Stories

40 Excellent Short Stories for Middle School http://www.mrswatersenglish.com/2014/05/40-excellent-short-stories-for-middle-school/

Short Stories for Middle School Students-Click the tabs across the top of the page for additional lists.  The Christmas list is pretty cool.  http://americanliterature.com/middle-school-short-stories


Smithsonian TweenTribune-Each full-text article has a short answer question that goes along with it.

Huffpost Teen



Popular Poems to Teach

Bibliotherapy-A Strategy to Address Students’ Affective Needs

Bibliotherapy is a strong strategy that addresses the affective needs of students.







Prouder to be a Reader than a Big Time Football Player

What a great story about Malcolm Mitchell, a star football player for the University of Georgia, and how he joined a women’s book study because he works hard to be a reader.  This will be a writing prompt for my students coming up soon.

Football Star Shows You Can’t Judge a Book by its Cover