Where to find good books:

AES Library Destiny

Write a review or read the reviews of other young people like you!

Student-recommended books

Teacher’s Book Wizard (choose the Book-Alike tab) (the Customers Also Bought at the bottom of the book’s page)


Sometimes a book trailer helps you to find a book

How to check out ebooks:

Check out a Kindle from the library and ask them to load the book you’d like.

Check out a book on your ipad with Follett eReader. Instructions for Follett Digital Reader App

Information on the Fundamentals


Literary.devices and Figures of Speech

Literary devices / figures of speech quiz

Reading Mini Lessons:

Making inferences: what ideas are unstated but implied by the details and information the author chooses to share?

Noticing descriptive writing: adjectives, specific nouns, precise verbs

Noticing literary devices

Determining theme

Rereading for comprehension

Sentence Structure

Character Description

Making Inferences And Predictions About Characters

Setting And Character


How what the character does tells about how he or she is feeling

Reading with inflection/stopping at the periods and pausing at the commas.

Looking for details that develop the so what/theme

Reader’s Notebook:


Independent Reading Life Self Reflection Questions

Red Scarf Girl:

Character Chart Red Scarf Girl PDF

Independent Reading

Independent Reading Plan

Book Trailer Rubric

Book Talk or Book Reflection

Letter Essay

Shelfari Review


Activate your verbs!-Power Point

Activate Your Verbs – PDF

4-Brushstroke-Tips-for-More-Descriptive-Sentences -PDF

Peer editing checklist

Peer Conferring Revision Questions

Asking Questions, Adding Details

Vignette Checklist




Portfolio-Reflection-Sheet PDF



Memoirsthatwork grading/writing checklist

10-Potential Themes-for-Memoirs PDF

The difference between revision and editing


3 short stories - Memoirs

Fiction writing:


Creating Your Hero The Nine Types  (Abridged)

Creating characterization: some advice

21 Plot Templates

Ways to say “said”

8-Leads-that-Entice-Readers PDF

Criteria List for Fiction

Fiction mentor texts:

Artemis begins – character development


HongWon Ji’s writing: “Whosever‚Äôs room this is should be ashamed! His underwear hangs on the lamp. His raincoat lies dumped in the overstuffed chair, and the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp. His workbook is wedged in the window while his sweater’s been thrown on the floor. His scarf and one ski stretch out beneath the TV, and his pants hang carelessly on the door. His books are all jammed in the closet, his vest lies left in the hall. A lizard named Patrick snores asleep in his bed, as his smelly old sock hangs stuck to the wall.”

From: Cressida Cowell’s How to Be a Pirate:




From Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss:

“All day, the colors had been those of dusk, mist moving like a water creature across the great flanks of mountains possessed of ocean shadows and depths. Briefly visible above the vapor, Kanchenjunga was a far peak whittled out of ice, gathering the last of the light, a plume of snow blown high by the storms at its summit.” (p. 1)

Fistful of feathers

Dead on the Road

Instant care

My Plastic Tia

The Coach

Double Eagle Has Landed

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