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Why Do I Have to Read This? Using Meaningful Questions and Connected Texts to Engage All Readers in Novel Study

Monday, May 23, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Dori Veto, VP of Product Marketing and Engagement, Perfection Learning; and Kim Vance, Director of Professional Development, Perfection Learning

Sponsored by Perfection Learning

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How many times have you heard the question from your students, “Why do I have to read this?” Students need to see themselves in the text and not see the text as an assignment. Help students see the relevancy of the texts to their lives through essential questions that resonate like, “When you see injustice, do you stand by or stand up?” or, “What are the benefits and challenges of living in a diverse society?”

The literature we teach students is the vehicle through which these questions are explored. It helps them see themselves in the world and make connections to their place in it. Watch as we explore how to engage students in novel study and make connections to those relevant essential questions.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to teachers and school and district leaders of the middle and high school grades.


Dori VetoAbout the Presenters

Dori Veto’s career started in the classroom as a high school English teacher. Her 20+ year career in education has been dedicated to supplemental educational services, product development, and marketing for K-12 literacy programs used across the country. Dori holds a Bachelor of Arts in English education from Iowa State University and a Master of Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is passionate about literacy initiatives to help all children reach their potential.


Kimberly VanceKimberly Vance’s career in education spans over 28 years serving as a classroom English teacher, literacy coach, department chair, curriculum writer, and professional development trainer for new hires in education and reading curricula. Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and a Texas Teaching Certificate in English for grades 6–12. She has always been proud of her dedication to helping teachers and students in their educational journeys.


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Perfection LearningFounded by two educators in 1926, Perfection Learning® has been a leader and innovator in literature and language arts since its inception. By focusing on affordable, flexible solutions that can be “perfectly” customized to each classroom, Perfection Learning has enabled generations of teachers to help all students reach their potential.

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Monday, May 23, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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