As Summer winds to a close, let's take a quick look back at the best Prestwick House blog posts of the season, including Teacher's Guides to Literature, free lessons and lesson ideas, and lists of great books and resources.

If you haven't read all of these posts, now's the perfect time to catch up!

Teacher's Guides to Literature

Every week, we publish a new Teacher's Guide to Literature. Each post contains information about a specific literary text. They're especially helpful if you're thinking about teaching a book for the first time.

Here's the complete list so far:

The Dictionary of Education Terms

Scaffolding. Gamification. Differentiated instruction.

These terms and many more have specific meanings in education. We'll be posting a different definition every Friday for the foreseeable future. Of course, each entry in The Dictionary of Education Terms will be more than just a definition — we'll be thoroughly explaining each term.

Here are the first two. Click the images below to see the full entry for each.

Scaffolding definition
Computer Adaptive Testing

Free Lessons and Lesson Ideas

Back in June, we wrote up a lesson that will help your students with process writing. Click here to check it out.

And in July, we offered up a free PDF that will help you introduce your students to literary theory. Click here to read that post and find out where you can download the PDF.

How-To Articles

These three articles give some good advice on a few popular subjects:

Choosing student-appropriate texts using Lexile Measures

Teaching domain-specific words

What makes digital presentations great?


Who doesn't love a good list? We've compiled a couple of them for you below.

Six World Literature books you should teach this year

Six awesome ELA videos for your classroom

Prestwick House News

We published two brand-new teaching resources this summer, both of which are detailed in the posts below. Even better, the teacher social network We Are Teachers selected Reading Informational Texts as their pick of the week! We're honored.

Reading Informational Texts selected as We Are Teachers' pick of the week

Vocabulary Power Plus for College and Career Readiness Level One is in stock

College and Career Readiness: Writing Level 12 now in stock

Stay with us for more great posts this Fall!

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