NCTE

Penguin Random House is a proud gold sponsor of the annual National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) meeting. As such, we invite you to come browse our booths (#626) to find the latest in award-winning and diverse fiction and nonfiction to help support literacy for your classroom.

Below is just a small preview of what we will be on display from our various publishers. See you in St. Louis! (more…)

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9781611802689 (1)What better way to encourage your students both to write and to keep in touch with peers and teachers during the summer break than by reviving the lost art of letter writing?

Though many young people today may regard it as an outdated practice, Write Back Soon! reframes the letter writing process in a way that is fresh and exciting. Karen Benke, the author, took note of the way in which correspondence has been almost entirely digitized in the form of texting and email. Though the sheer convenience of these modes of communication explains their popularity in everyday use, her book celebrates the personal connection that is so fundamental to a handwritten letter, note, or postcard. And let’s not forget the wealth of historical and literary figures who have been immortalized in their own letters and correspondence: Dickinson, Mozart, Keats, and so on. The educational opportunities abound. So what are you waiting for? Jumpstart your students’ minds this summer and claim your free copy today!

Write Back Soon! is a letter-writing workbook published by Shambhala, featuring fun prompts as well as imaginative activities, and its contributors include a variety of writers such as Neil Gaiman and Jon J. Muth. And we are giving away 25 FREE copies to high school teachers!  To claim a free copy—while supplies last—please email highschool@penguinrandomhouse.com with your request. (Please note that only high school teachers within the United States are eligible.)

 

by Ken Ludwig, author of How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (Broadway Books, July 2014)

Since my early teens, I’ve felt strongly about the value of Shakespeare, but it wasn’t until I became a father that I figured out how to share my passion with the people I love. One day, my daughter came home from first grade spouting a line of Shakespeare—“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream—and at that moment, a light bulb went off in my head.

Starting that weekend, I set up a routine. My daughter and I would spend two hours each week memorizing speeches from Shakespeare’s plays. We started with short passages from the comedies and, gradually, increased the length and complexity of the passages we studied. To my delight, my daughter took to it immediately, and the hours we spent learning Shakespeare together were some of the best family times of our lives. (more…)