Lesser-Known Halloween Reads

K2 Read Alouds: Week 8: Lesser-Known Halloween Reads.

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My College Students Act Like Third Graders

I did it. I started my second blog. Here’s my first post on, The Classroom Curator. I won’t be getting in the habit of reblogging my own posts; but this is the first post, so I wanted to give it a proper introduction.

The Classroom Curator

11:57 p.m.

It’s true. They act like third graders. I’m okay with that though, as long as they grow out of it by the time they enter college. Friday evenings usually provide me with a burst of classroom ideas. Don’t know why that is. Friday seems like the mostly likely time of the week, in which I’d be plum out of classroom inspiration. However, Fridays, post dusk, is when my creative gears spin. It may be due to the reflection that occurs during my Friday commute home. ‘Didn’t finish as much writing as I wanted them to. I yelled too much, today. Mondays I’m calm. Fridays I’m not. That’s not fair to them.’ Reflections like that, probably influence my Friday evening inspiration spurts.

Tonight’s spurt is this: Strunk and White’s Elements of Style in the classroom! That’s what we need. It can’t hurt to introduce it to third graders. My…

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The Classroom Curator

Blogging about picture books hasn’t been on my mind as much, since I shifted from teaching Kindergarten to teaching third grade. My love and need, for the genre in print, hasn’t lessened; but teaching is different, in grade three. My mind has to cultivate knew ways of engaging students, and my blogging interests go wherever my mind takes it. Pretty sure I know what I’m going to call the new blog. Shout out to WordPress for the blog space.

Yes, Comics Can Empower Black Girls!


I’m thrilled that comics scholar Qiana Whitted took the time to write this amazing guest post—enjoy and please share!


aya001It is unlikely that anyone who reads comics regularly will be surprised by Zetta Elliott’s answer to the question posed in her January 6, 2014 post, “Do Comics Empower Black Girls?” She’s doubtful, and understandably so, given the hypersexualized objectification of women that dominates superhero comics. Nevertheless, comics can tell deeply rewarding, complex stories about black women that affirm their intelligence, compassion, strength, and beauty on multiple visual and verbal registers. So I come away from the question with a different response, not only as someone who studies race and comics, but also as a black girl who has found much to love in a comic book!

Let’s be clear, though, about the term “comics.” Critics often take issue with the depiction of women in superhero titles produced by Marvel…

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The Apartheid of Children’s Literature – an article by author Christopher Myers.

The Apartheid of Children’s Literature – an article by author Christopher Myers.

The gentrification and apartheid of children’s literature are concepts I mull over often. My third graders are currently working on Compare and Contrast Essays, using Christopher Myer’s Wings, and Lesa Cline-Ransome’s Before There Was Mozart. So this article is close to my heart as well as my profession. The link above takes you to his article, featured in today’s New York Times.

Wings. Written and Illustrated by Christopher Myers

Wings. Written and Illustrated by Christopher Myers

Before There was Mozart. By Lesa and James Ransome. 2011

Before There was Mozart. By Lesa and James Ransome. 2011