The Academy's Middle School Literacy News Links

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October 2022

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September 2022

Here YOU can find.....

Activity Calendar

International Dot Day

Meet an author

Free Word App

Books about Being an Author

Poetry Postcard

Scroll To The End for Links to The Academy, Chester Athletics, and more...

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The Academy for Teaching and Learning

Making Our Mark!

International Dot Day is a celebration of creativity, courage, compassion, and collaboration! Based upon a book by Peter Reynolds, The DOT, The Academy celebrated the global event with students all over the world. Our students learned how they can "make their mark" and try something new by being brave enough to believe in only takes a "dot" to get started!


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Word Club App

Words...words...words... Do you love words? Download the Word Club app for free!

Writing is YOUR thing!

If you are interested in improving writing, writing for fun, or exploring your creative writing side, this link gives you books to explore and grow your writing skills.

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Poetry Love

Amy Lawless sends a postcard to young poets everywhere! Follow the link and check out more poetry to inspire your inner poet.

MAY 2022

WELCOME to Literally...all things are Literacy!


  • Summer choice boards
  • Chester County Library Link
  • Giving back
  • Career exploration
  • Science to discover
  • Books to discover
  • fun links and reading tips

Middle School Summer Choice Board

Choose from the board below:
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Summer Reading Chester County Library

Join in on the Chester County Library Summer Reading Challenge...there is something for every age! That includes YOU, middle schoolers! There is a goal of 5000 books read, this summer 2022! An " Ocean of Possibilities" awaits! Get ready and READ!
Chester County Library - Summer Reading Online Registration - Computer | Facebook| By Chester County Library


If you just look around, you will see ways that you can make a difference in the community, this summer! Giving back can involve helping others, volunteering your time, or donating items you don't need. Check out the list of ways you can give. Giving changes others but also changes you!

What's new in 2022?

  • Book Fair
  • Check out a podcast hosted by students
  • Break out your artistic side
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Book Fair Arrives in April!

Save up because the book fair is on the way! The flyer gives you a sneak peak at books highlighted during the fair, April 26th -April 29th. Mark your calendar and grab up great books to enjoy, this spring.
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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon…Check out this award winner. We have two copies at The Academy in The CindyMackie Literacy Center!

Kazu Kubuishi

Connect: Learn how life experiences helped Kazu create his stories. Do you feel inspired to write? How can your life experiences shape writing. READ more to find out about this famous author.

Poetry is POWER!

Do you remember the first poem you ever read?

What is a poet laureate, anyway? Well, I am glad you asked. A poet laureate is a person that is honored for their poetry. It is an achievement. America has a youth poet laureate and this year's honored poet is Alexandra Huynh. She talks about why poetry is so important to her. “I spend a lot of time in my head, so poetry is for me a sort of survival mechanism,” Alexandra Huynh told USA Today. “I wouldn’t be able to move through the world with the same amount of clarity had I not worked it out first on the page.”

Watch this video for inspiration. Huynh is amazing and it is our teen talk topic.


Are you looking for something fun to read? How about reading a book to compare to the movie?


When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba’s Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone’s crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library . . . and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind.

Lyrically told and gloriously illustrated, this story will inspire many as it shows how – even in the worst of times – a great idea and a lot of hard work can still rock the world. "


How about explore as you read! Who doesn't love a good elephant story! This magazine is one of many you can enjoy. You can even have the magazine read TO you! How awesome is that!

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The Academy for Teaching and Learning

K5 - 8th Grade Public Charter School