Tag Archives: Kris Barr Paquette

May 08

Helping Kids Cope During Scary Times by Kris Barr Paquette

As we slowly watched the Covid 19 virus spread across the world until it affected our state, our county, our town we held out hope that by some miracle our little community would go on as normal.  Our state governor called a state of emergency as the virus began to spread through Michigan communities.  She […]

February 23

Making Connections with Authors by Kris Barr Paquette

When I was a kid, I had a penpal who lived in South Carolina.  We sent letters and packages back and forth for years.  We met at camp.  Not to date myself, but this was before email and this was before texting and Snapchat.  I loved it.  I looked forward to running to the mailbox […]

November 03

An Unexpected Friendship by Kris Barr Paquette

Growing up an only child in the small town of Reading, Michigan left me with a lot of free afternoons to seek out my own fun.  We lived in the country near a lake. There weren’t a lot of kids within walking distance of my house, but if I ran down this giant hill towards […]

October 06

Ten Great Mentor Sentences from a Middle Grade Text by Kris Barr Paquette

I love a great sentence. You know the ones that just grab you and make you say, whoa! One of the suggestions I always have for the teachers I work with is that they model sentences from these fantastic middle grade novels that we just love to teach grammar, editing, and revision. Jeff Anderson, also […]

September 24

Reflections of a Middle School Teacher by Kris Barr Paquette

Picture this.  It’s mid-August.  I have a million thoughts flying through my scattered brain while I speed through the grocery store.  Things to get for my son’s sleepover party.  What I still need to do in my classroom.  I’m in a hurry because I am trying to squeeze in this grocery shopping chore during my […]

September 08

Ten Middle Grade Book Beginnings Begging to be Read by Kris Barr Paquette

It’s the beginning of the school year, and you have all your favorite summer reads stacked up in your mind to book talk.  I know.  It’s exciting.  The kids are going to love each and every suggestion you give them!  Let’s fast forward a few weeks, suddenly you are buried beneath a stack of personal […]

June 28

AMERICAN PANDA BY GLORIA CHAO – REVIEW BY KRIS BARR PAQUETTE

Book Jacket Blurb From the Publisher: At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of […]

June 17

Top 10 Things I’ll Miss Over Summer Break by Kris Barr Paquette

It’s the last week of school.  I feel like I’m drowning in my to-do list.  I almost have all of my classroom library re-collected.  Summer Reading Books have been checked out. Field trips are over.  The end is in sight, friends. But, as always the end is a bit bitter-sweet, even for a tired teacher […]