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Words Mean Everything. What I’m Teaching this Semester.

“Words started to mean not just something, but everything.”

I’m looking forward to teaching The Book Thief, by Markus Zukas this semester. Reading and writing  our way through trauma can save us, sustain us. Not just in the pages of an imaginary universe. In real life, too. I know books saved me many times.

The Book Thief

We’re also be reading Fahrenheit 451 this semester. Our discussions will focus around knowledge & education, censorship, power and authority, fear, risk, survival, reading, story and identity. It’s going to be a fun environment with great discussions. There are so many parallels to contemporary events.

Fahrenheit 451

Why, for instance, do some people fear words, and books, so much so that they ban them? Why are 62 million girls out of school, globally? Why did the Taliban shoot Malala Yousafzai in the head to keep her from getting an education? What were they afraid of? And, perhaps just as importantly, why was a young Malala so willing to risk so much to go to school each day? Why wasn’t she afraid (or was she?). Either way, she risked her life to learn. To see.

We’re reading and writing about interesting other stuff too. But this is going to shape our semester.

Welcome to Spring 2016! ~Lisa


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Week 2 of the New Year, Don’t Give Up

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Whatever your goal is, hang in there.


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Reading Matters. Read Aloud 15: If you wait, it’s too late.

I am so excited to continue my work as a Read Aloud 15 partner. The reality is that 15 minutes of reading aloud daily, starting at birth, can change the face of education in our country.
Early literacy opens up educational opportunity for a lifetime. It’s a cause I feel passionately about & I’m thrilled to be among those selected to spread this message, with the help of my site collegereadycoach.com. It feels like a gift (to me) actually, to be able to do this kind of work.
Our next campaign kicks off in March, but I’m available ~any time~ to provide materials, (handouts, bookmarks, etc) and/or to talk with you or your organization about the importance of reading aloud to kids…Every Child, Every Day.
#readaloud15 #readingmatters #ifyouwaititstoolate #bethechange #followyourpassion