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Teaching the Versatility of Novels-In-Verse for Grades 3-8
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March 19, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

Teaching the Versatility of Novels-In-Verse for Grades 3-8


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Teaching the Versatility of Novels-In-Verse for Grades 3-8


March 19, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT







English-Language Learners (ELL), Gifted and Talented, Students with Disabilities
Grade Level Grades 3-8, Professional Development

About This Webinar

Ahead of poetry month, learn about novels-in-verse! This is a versatile, highly accessible, and engaging form of a novel. These books can be devoured in a few hours or a few days—making them a great confidence booster for struggling or reluctant readers. Importantly, it is a form that can convey emotional complexity, making it a suitable selection for advanced readers, too. Given that novels-in-verse are often high interest, low readability, the right novel-in-verse can be a great whole-class read.

In this 2024 Share My Lesson Virtual Conference session, hear several authors in conversation about their latest middle-grade novel-in-verse—their themes, their style, and how they see their work being used in classrooms. Join Coretta Scott King Honor Award-Winner Sharon G. Flake (Once in a Blue Moon), Asian/Pacific American Library Association Honor Award-Winner Mae Respicio (Isabel In Bloom) and the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island, Tina Cane (Alma Presses Play) for a conversation with Kit Ballenger, a youth services librarian and literary consultant.

Discover novels-in-verse in this panel with award-winning authors and poets!


Tina Cane

Tina Cane, Author

Tina Cane is the founder and director of Writers-in-the Schools, RI, for which she works as a visiting poet. Over the past twenty-five years, Tina has taught French, English, and creative writing in public and private schools throughout New York City and Rhode Island. Her poems and translations have appeared ​in numerous publications. Her books include The Fifth Thought,Dear Elena: Letters for Elena FerranteOnce More With Feeling, and Body of Work. Alma Presses Play, Tina's debut novel-in-verse for young adults readers, was released in September 2021 with Penguin/ Random House Books.

Sharon G. Flake

Sharon G. Flake, Author

Sharon G. Flake writes about African-American youth. She takes on tough topics and shine light onto people and places that society doesn’t always care to see. She is an inner city baby at heart, and communities like the one she grew up in shall forever remain in her blood. Voices from those communities can be heard in her novels. The challenges some of those teens face show up as well, along with their determination, ingenuity, and wit.

Mae RespicioMae Respicio, Author

Mae Respicio is author of the middle grade novels The House That Lou Built, Any Day With You, and How to Win a Slime War (out September 2021). She is the past recipient of a PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship and has been a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her writing & photography has been featured in many publications including Pregnancy Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Patagonia, Pottery Barn Kids, Red Tricycle and The Bigger the Better the Tighter the Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image, and Other Hazards of Being Female (Seal Press), and she worked with the Filipino-American community of Los Angeles to edit the nonfiction book Images of America: Filipinos in Los Angeles (Arcadia Publishing). For many years Mae also worked at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, developing, implementing, and overseeing top notch literary events, creative and screenwriting courses, and helping to build a thriving literary community. Mae lives with her family in the suburban wild of Northern California.

Professional Credit

Share My Lesson webinars are available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

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