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"LitWeaver" was created for ELA teachers by Will Weaver and author friends. Come join our reading table!
 
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Adrian is confused by what he finds in Alaska when he moves there from Romania, but not as confused as his classmates. They think he might be a vampire! This is David Lubar at his wacky best--a fun read sure to engage your students in grades 6-8.
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This is a high level study guide (no vocab, no quizzes) of a novel-as-tragedy. It allows you to discuss the structure of tragedy in literature. It also establishes that literature is a continuum, and suggests other readings that bear on CLAWS,
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This short fiction has a great–and very relevant– plot: what if we turned a certain color depending on who we secretly were, deep down inside? What if that color was blue? Here Bruce Coville, with his usual humor, explores a serious issue of
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Dr. Anton Treuer, a leading voice for Native American issues in MN, and a nationally popular figure, addresses the complicated issue of sports and mascots. This essay is thoughtful, even-handed, and persuasive. It also covers important issues of
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A one page reading guide to an important commentary by an authentic voice for Native Americans. Keyed generally to CCSS in ELA.
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This short story has a "simple" plot: after her parents' divorce, a teen must comes to terms with missing her father and recognizing that her life must go on.
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Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American author from Minnesota. Her family came from Cambodia, a country "rich in stories of the supernatural." Her essay "Ghosts from the Old Country" continues her focus on going "home" to a country she knew only from
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Pedro exposed his soul when he played the trumpet. Now that he is dead, can the memory of that sound sustain his friends in the barrio? This great short story by René Saldaña, Jr. plumb's the author's growing up on the Texas-Mexico border. Covers
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This is a two-page lesson plan with some great project possibilities. Covers several CCSS ELA for grades 6-8. Project Possibilities: Adrian’s Uncle Ian gives him A Guide to American Slang to help him assimilate to American culture. With this book
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A beautiful short essay about two very different women finding something in common. Naomi says, "In any gathering where people are meeting for the first time, odds are high they will discover some links that seem surprising. Sometimes it takes a
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This is a true hunting story in which nothing is killed. The narrator's father challenges him to sit in one spot all day—and if he does, a deer will come by. Maybe. It's a day the boy will never forget.
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Full lesson plan with activities and projects. Keyed to CCSS in ELA
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An award-winning young adult novel first published by HarperCollins, CLAWS follows 16 year old Jed Berg–whose "golden" life is about to take a turn for the (very) worse. Set in Minnesota's far north, including the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe
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This is a gripping, true account of surviving September 11, 2001. Written by Catherine Balkin, a New York City editor of young adult literature, this essay takes you "there" on the day the changed both she and her husband--and America itself.
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A one-page, project-based study guide to this gripping, nonfiction essay. "Nine Eleven" is about surviving September 11, 2001, by a couple who was there. Below a sample of the Reading Guide: Introductory Activity: Personal Experiences 1. Has
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A fun, and thoughtful Reading Guide keyed to CCSS in ELA. This short story is a great one to use when talking about issues of gender and orientation--of any kind.
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A nice, one-page reading guide with discussion topics and writing assignment suggestions. Covers CCSS ELA: RL 5.1--5.6, 6.1-6.6, 7.1-7.6, 8.1-8.6. Also 5.10-8.10. Also W 5.1-8.1. Also W 5.5-8.5
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A full-bodied reading guide/lesson plan focused on culture and story. Includes project possibilities such as: "Choose a creature associated with a country or culture to that might be worth learning more about. Create an oral presentation to share
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This one page lesson plan includes these kinds of post-reading activities: Imaginative Writing 1.Choose a favorite song and try writing new lyrics for the music. Remember lyrics are a lot like poetry. Be sure to use the lyrics to tell a story or
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“Star Vision” is a poetic description of a real experience the author had while growing up on the Navajo Reservation, where his father was a medicine man and his mother was a rug weaver.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

20+ years in and out of middle schools and high schools, working closely with ELA teachers, school librarians, and their students. As an author for young adults, I've visited over 200 schools across America. But LitWeaver is not about me! I've asked a bunch of top YA author friends to join me. They loved the idea of contributing some of their best shorter writing that you can't find anywhere else. We think teachers and school librarians need more–and more affordable– reading options. That's LitWeaver!

MY TEACHING STYLE

"There are no dumb questions."

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Short stories and nonfiction for Young Adults published in top magazines, including READ, YALSA, etc. Several of my YA novels have been ALA "Quick Picks" and "Best Books" for teen readers.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. English, University of Minnesota. M.A. Creative Writing, Stanford University. Taught College Writing for 20+ years.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Teeny photo above is me (far right). With Mark Aronson, Matt de la Pena, Ann Brasheres and Nikki Grimes. We were recent judges for the National Book Awards, YA lit. What a great experience! As for me, I've published a dozen YA novels with America's top publishers, and have blessed by teachers and school librarians across America (and abroad) who have used my work with their students. Ditto with my various author friends, whose work we'll be adding soon! TpT seems like a great way for us to reach even more teachers and students with some of our best writing. I live in Minnesota and visit schools everywhere, though Skype is fun, too.

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