We took a break from the Link Round-Up last week to celebrate Independence Day, but we're back now!
Each week we find around five interesting reads for you to take into the weekend. These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!
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Oyster River Middle School student Emmy Goyette has received a National Honor Award in the 2015 Letters About Literature competition, one of three recipients in the seventh- and eighth-grade category nationwide.
“Of all the wonderful and heartfelt letters we judged, I found myself coming back again and again to Emmy Goyette's letter to Laurie Halse Anderson,” noted New Hampshire author Paul Durham, who served as one of the state judges. “Emmy's words lingered with me well after I'd read them. They were raw and haunting, but possessed a simple beauty and clarity at the same time.”
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BuzzFeed News's Azmat Khan wrote about the state of schools in Afghanistan:
This year, BuzzFeed News found that the overwhelming majority of the more than 50 U.S.-funded schools it visited resemble abandoned buildings — marred by collapsing roofs, shattered glass, boarded-up windows, protruding electrical wires, decaying doors, or other structural defects. At least a quarter of the schools BuzzFeed News visited do not have running water.
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Julieanne Harmatz of "To Read To Write To Be" answered, "Are you a writer?"
No, I’m a teacher. I teach writing, so I’m learning about ways to teach writing. But, me, oh nooo. I don’t write. That’s how I described myself to the man who sat next to me on the flight to New York. I was too embarrassed to say, yes I write.
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At "It's All About Kids and Literacy," treat yourself to a summer of writing:
Again, I was reminded what it might feel like for my kids while they write, intimidating. The one thing that is staying with me from this wonderful experience is that writing is best if it belongs to the owner of the writing, the one doing the writing.
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At "Moving Writers," Allison Marchetti wrote about mentor sentences to help students write better analysis:
Like Rebekah, I, too, am searching for ways to make literary analysis a richer experience for my young writers. While my students are working on a fairly traditional literary analysis of a poem right now, I have been able to complicate the simplistic formula they have been trained to use for far too long (5 paragraphs, claim as last sentence in introduction, sentences that start with the phrase “This quote shows that…” and so forth ) by sharing ways that professional writers have written about themes, symbols, and diction.
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That's it! Be sure to check back next week for another round of links. If you have a link or a blog, be sure to mention them in the comments below. Cheers to your weekend!