Postings by Shelley NiTuama

Beatrix Potter: author for the elementary set

Beatrix Potter with father and brother, 1894
“College and career readiness begins in the primary grades. With the right tools, we can build close reading skills even with our youngest readers.”—Nancy Boyles, graduate reading program coordinator for Southern Connecticut State UniversityRead More »
Categories Closer Readings

Summer Reading for Teachers: Staircase to College and Career Readiness

"Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time." E.P. WhippleRead More »

On Discovering Pearl S. Buck

Immigrants at Ellis Island
We are a people still young and we know that we have not yet come to the fullest of our powers.—Pearl S. Buck, Nobel Prize Banquet Speech, 1939.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Carl Sandburg: Chicago’s poet

Wabash Ave north from Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois, 1900
Ask your students to recall the last time they heard a poet reading a poem on TV. They might mention watching the last presidential inauguration, or perhaps a televised poetry reading at last summer’s Olympic Games. Most likely, though, they won’t be able to remember a time when they heard a poet anywhere, let alone on television.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings