“Devil in the Grove” recounts tragic case of false accusation and racism

By Emery A. ’17— “Devil in the Grove” tells the story of four young black men who were falsely accused of rape by a 17-year-old white girl named Norma Lee Padgett in Groveland, Florida, in 1949. Samuel Shepherd, Walter Irvin, Charles Greenlee, and Ernest Thomas each faced extreme persecution and violence despite never committing any […]


By Kelly Koffman, teacher— While most of you are aware that we are using a Readers-and-Writers-Workshop model in English Language Arts this year, what you may not know is that we are in need of great books for our classroom library. Parents have likely noted that their student is reading a different book every week […]

My Favorite Books

Book Recommendations for Middle & High School By Alaine Davis, teacher— With the addition of Reader’s Workshop in middle school English/Language Arts classes this year, I have been hearing and talking a lot about books with students. Although I teach math and science, I am an enthusiastic reader and like at least some of the […]

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