Reading and Reflecting: February Themes at Inspiration

Happy February, readers!

As it’s the first full week of our shortest month we’ve got some previews to share with you. This month you’ll notice two intertwining themes in not only our blog content but the rest of our social media work as well.

Inspiration’s Common Core theme of the month is Close Reading. It’s an oft-used buzz phrase these days, and with good reason! The very first anchor standard of the Common Core State Standards dictates that students need to be able to “Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it.” This takes on even more importance when you consider how drastically the volume of student-read material will increase under the CCSS.

Inspiration’s full slate of tools will be on display as we work to equip teachers with what they need to help students read–and then interpret what they’ve read. Like this timely and straightforward Inspiration Maps “Plot Analysis” Template:


Reading is crucial, but how will kids get excited to write from text if they don’t have something moving to write about? Thus our other theme this month is recognizing how Black History integrates into America’s rich past. From civil rights leaders to inventors–educational professionals to medical field trailblazers–the lives and deeds of African-Americans are a large and important portion of our country’s fabric.

Inspiration Software’s tools are perfect for the type of in-depth study that honoring Black History requires. Whether through Inspiration templates encouraging historical analysis or Kidspiration activities that delicately guide children through examples of racism, our visual learning mediums blend pictures and words to create engaged students.

But don’t just take our word for it–check out a teacher-created Kidspiration template made specifically for Black History Month!

“I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me,” Malcolm X once said. “As I see it today, the ability to read awoke in me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.”

Join us as we read closely and honor our black history all throughout February!

Signing off from Inspiration HQ,

Stephanie H.

Social Media Specialist for Inspiration since 11/12. Loves STEM, environmental education, visual learning and all things related to people overcoming challenges!
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