Featured Author: Gwendolyn Heasely

Trying to woo my high school students with books can be, at times, a challenging proposition.  Many of my kids (grades 9-12) are classified Learning Disabled and reading has long been a hated chore to most.  Their comprehension skills are weak and when they come to me as freshmen, most have never known the joy […]

No More Pencils, LOTS More Books: Overhauling My Students’ Summer Reading List

Even as an avid reader, Summer Reading was the stuff of my teenaged nightmares.  Every June it was the same thing: Our English teacher would trot out a mimeographed sheet of paper featuring two musty classics and a list of essay questions.  An early September due date–traditionally the first day of school–would be handwritten at the […]

The Agony and The Ecstasy: Summer Reading

18 years ago this week found a desperate, 17-year-old me scrambling to secure a VHS copy of The Elephant Man from my local library because school was starting and I had yet to read the required (and dreaded) Summer Reading assignment*!  Now friends, believe me when I tell you that cribbing on a test was waaay harder before the […]