The Voices from the Middle Podcast is a regular radio show that extends and enriches the content offered in the print and digital pages of the journal. Tune in to learn alongside a team of middle school English/language arts teachers from across the United States as they interview teacher leaders, YA authors, researchers, columnists, classroom teachers, and students, whose voices shape Voices from the Middle and our classrooms.
In this episode, Katherine Sokolowski’s students at Monticello Middle School in Monticello, Illinois, interviewed author Cynthia Kadohata. Katherine, along with her students Slater, Sammy, Estella, and Lauren, asked Cynthia questions about her writing process, where she gets her inspiration for her plot and characters, as well as questions related to her latest novel, Checked.
The Thing About Luck
In this episode, we hear from our teacher panelists about the new and innovative things they are trying out with their students as they enter the last quarter of the school year. Gretchen Taylor, Alex Corbitt, and Beth Shaum sat down and chatted together about their classes and how they are shaking things up with their students. In the latest segment of Voices from the Bookshelf, seventh graders Sammy, Sydney, Makenna, Eriss, Addison, and Estella from Monticello Middle School sit down to talk with their teacher Katherine Sokolowski about the books they are currently reading, the books they’ve most enjoyed this year, and what books they can’t wait to read next.
Far from the Tree-Robin Benway
Red Queen-Victoria Aveyard
Hidden Figures-Margot Lee Shetterly and Laura Freeman
Islandborn-Junot Díaz and Leo Espinosa
Festival of Colors-Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal
Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter-Erika L. Sánchez
Black and White-Paul Volponi
Written in the Stars-Aisha Saeed
Blue Lily, Lily Blue-Maggie Stiefvater
My Hero Academia-Kohei Horikoshi
Maximum Ride-James Patterson
One for the Murphys-Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl
X: A Novel-Kekla Magoon, Ilyasah Shabazz
Winter Garden-Kristin Hannah
Long Way Down-Jason Reynolds
The Outsiders-S.E. Hinton
Magnus Chase Series-Rick Riordan
The Memory of Things: A Novel-Gae Polisner
False Prince-Jennifer A. Nielsen
In this episode, we have the fourth installment of our Teacher on the Street segment, where our correspondent, Alex Corbitt, talks with his seventh graders at MS 331 in the Bronx, NY, to discuss the impact of student choice and culturally responsive book clubs. Alex's students talk about the importance of offering opportunities to learn about their own cultures as well as other cultures through classroom texts and how fiction provides them with unique opportunities to learn about characters from other parts of the world.
Black and White by David Macaulay
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
In this episode, we speak with author Martha Brockenbrough, whose latest YA novel Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary has been taking middle and high school classrooms by storm. Our teacher panelists Beth Shaum and Amy Fleming talk with Martha about how she used primary sources to make Hamilton’s story accessible to teens, how she has been able to build a writing career that spans multiple age groups and genres, and some hints about what projects we can expect from her in the near future.
Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary—Martha Brockenbrough
Dread Nation—Justina Ireland
River Consciousness—Oliver Sacks
Blood Water Paint—Joy McCullough
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers—Deborah Heligman