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About CBethM

I'm a book lover and technology geek who happens to also be a high school English teacher, National Writing Project teacher consultant, and certified school librarian. The opinions I offer here are reflective of my thoughts and opinions and not that of my employer, family, or friends.

Gender Relations: Online Discussion Rescheduled!

Over the summer we excitedly relaunched this project and decided that we wanted to share book reviews and thoughtful posts and host a Twitter chat on August 26. And everything was running according to the syllabus we had laid out … Continue reading

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Guest Review: Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

Title: Story of a Girl Author: Sara Zarr Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Release Date: January 10, 2007 Reviewer: Kevin English Summary (From Goodreads): When she is caught in the backseat of a car with her older brother’s best friend—Deanna Lambert’s … Continue reading

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Guest Review: Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

Title: Not That Kind of Girl Author: Siobhan Vivian Publisher: Push (Scholastic) Release Date: September 1, 2010 Reviewer: Kim McCollum-Clark Summary (From Goodreads): Natalie Sterling wants to be in control. She wants her friends to be loyal. She wants her classmates to elect … Continue reading

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Gender Relations: Teaching Resources

Sarah and I spent some time brainstorming a list of articles and media to share with you relating to the theme of gender relations. It’s a pretty varied list because we have been pondering this topic (and talking about it) … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles

Title: Jumping Off Swings Author: Jo Knowles Publisher: Candlewick Press Release Date: August 11, 2009 Source: E-book purchased by reviewer Reviewer: Cindy Minnich Summary (From Goodreads):  One pregnancy. Four friends. It all adds up to a profound time of change in this … Continue reading

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Intro to Gender Relations: Syllabus

There has been no shortage of discussion in the news about gender relations. Stories about bullying, sexual harassment, slut-shaming, and double-standards abound. So much of adolescence is about learning to find your place in and among the groups around you … Continue reading

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Summer Session 2014: Relaunching and Reimagining YA Lit 101

When we got a few messages asking us whether we would be doing YA Lit 101 again, we had to think about what we wanted to do. Last summer we spent time introducing teachers and readers to genres and discussing … Continue reading

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