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Voices from the Middle podcast, Vol. 25, Episode 6

The NCTE Voices from the Middle Podcast is a radio show featuring middle level ELA teachers from across the United States, practitioner-leaders in our field, YA and middle grades authors, and other surprise guests. Some podcasts tie to specific issues of the print publication Voices from the Middle, published by the National Council of Teachers of English. Music by Lee Rosevere.

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In this episode, our panelists Gretchen Taylor, Katherine Sokolowski, Gage Jeter, and Amy Fleming talk with teacher, speaker, and author Jeff Anderson, whose article "There Is Always Time to Write Together" appears in the latest issue of Voices from the Middle.  In their conversation, they discuss Jeff's planning and writing process, how teachers should embrace the mess associated with writing, strategies both students and teachers can use to jump start their own writing process, as well as what inspires Jeff. Be sure to check out his article "The Express-Lane Edit: Making Editing Useful for Adolescents" in the May 2008 issue. 

In the latest installment of Voices from the Bookshelf, Katherine Sokolowski’s seventh-grade girls at Monticello Middle School in Monticello, Illinois, talk about some of the books that have had the greatest impact on them so far this year as well as the books they are excited to read next.

Book List

  • Solo, Kwame Alexander
  • Zack Delacruz series, Jeff Anderson
  • Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, Jonathan Auxier
  • What Readers Really Do: Teaching the Process of Meaning Making,
    Dorothy Barnhouse and Vicki Vinton
  • Girl Made of Stars, Ashley Herring Blake
  • Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore
  • Graceling, Kristin Cashore
  • The Selection, Kiera Cass
  • Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
  • Absolutely Truly, Heather Vogel Frederick
  • Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
  • I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Maurene Goo
  • Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith, Deborah Helligman
  • Letters from Rifka, Karen Hesse
  • Wintersong, S. Jae-Jones
  • See You at Harry’s, Jo Knowles
  • Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds
  • Mythology series, Rick Riordan
  • Bone Gap, Laura Ruby
  • The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
  • The Pearl Thief, Elizabeth Wein

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