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I keep a library of books in my car to use with students. And the most beat up looking book in the bunch is Hip-hop Poetry And The Classics by Alan Sitomer and Michael Cirelli. Let’s face it, many teens (and some adults) hate poetry. And often with reason; it can be a bear. But your […]

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Your teen needs to be able to analyze the books, plays or short stories she’s assigned in class in order to write good essays. And this means picking out the juicy, often trickier stuff. Analytical essay prompts ask her to make connections between texts, discuss the deeper meaning of character actions, analyze use of literary […]

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Help Her Annotate Her English Book - Part 2

It’s a good bet that annotating, or writing notes about an assigned English text, is something your teen avoids like the plague. But it’s one of the ways she can make her life easier. If she writes down her (and her teacher’s) observations as she’s reading the book it is a heck of a lot […]

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Help Your Teen Handle English Books

Does she skip reading her English class books? Do his essays lack details and analysis? Does she Schmoop though Shakespeare? Here are some tips to help your teen stay on top and analyze novels, plays, poetry and short stories for English class. SHE SHOULD TAKE NOTES Urge her to take notes on what the teacher actually […]

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