Reading & Writing Resources

Welcome to Blaine School’s Reading & Writing Resources page.


Storytown Books, Materials Available Online – Blaine provides access to online materials for Storytown, our reading curriculum, through Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt’s Think Central web site. Access is easy; for details, click here.

Effective iPad Applications – Principal LaRaviere has researched, evaluated and organized a comprehensive list of effective iPad applications for students in primary grades, to assist with reading and literacy skills development. To review these helpful iPad apps and activities, please click here.

Battle of the Books Program – The Elementary “Battle of the Books” is a reading motivation program for students in grades 4-8. The program encourages reading as an individual and social activity. For details, click here.

CPS Summer Reading List – The CPS Summer Reading List was developed for grades PreK – 8 by the CPS Department of Libraries and Information Services and the Chicago Public Library Children’s Services Department. For details, click here.

Blaine Buddies Summer Book Club – There are many ways to keep literacy alive for our children during the summer break. Joining the Chicago Public Library reading program is one great way, another is to start your own Book Club. Click here for details.


How to Cite Sources on Your Bibliography Page – If you need to reference sources on the bibliography page of your research paper but you can’t remember the correct format, here’s a great Web site to get you started:  Scroll to the bottom of the page for links to specific examples.

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