The Writing Tutor Promotes Reading with Online Literature Circles; Newest Discussion Topic is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Deerfield, IL (PRWEB) July 19, 2005

The release of the most recent book in the Harry Potter series is the perfect opportunity for educators to push reading since so many children (and adults) love the series. To encourage reading and literary discussion, The Readers’ Corner Book Club has posted the question: “What did you think of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?” For a little added fun, The Writing Tutor has also included a survey asking people how quickly they read the book.

The Readers’ Corner Book Club is a relatively new addition to The Writing Tutor. It presents readers with the opportunity to share their own reading experiences and to see what other people are reading. Readers can participate in several different ways. “Literature Circles” provides an ongoing discussion about books of interest to “Literature Circles” readers. Books will be selected based on reader suggestions and will usually represent a variety of genre and reading levels. “Readers’ Suggestions” is a list of suggestions provided by students, parents, teachers, and other life-long learners. If you really liked a book, let other readers know about it! Even if your favorite is already on our list, tell us what YOU liked about it and why others should read it. Visit The Readers’ Corner Book Club at

The Writing Tutor also promotes reading with a section called Suggested Reading Lists. The section includes lists of classic and contemporary literature, Advanced Placement reading lists, lists of helpful reference books, self-help books about writing, grammar, and vocabulary, and finally, a list of standardized test preparation materials. The section also includes a list of The Writing Tutor’s favorites. Visit the Suggested Reading section at

For additional information, please contact Michele R. Acosta or visit

About The Writing Tutor’s founder:

Michele R. Acosta has an M.A. in education, a B.A. in communication/journalism, and the equivalent of an undergraduate major in English. She is certified by the State of Illinois to teach high school English and middle school language arts, has an endorsement in journalism, has taught and advised high school student publications, and has taught ACT preparation classes in addition to teaching high school English. The instructor is registered as a tutor with Deerfield Public School District 109 and with Township High School District 113. (Both districts are located in the State of Illinois.)

Acosta’s primary areas of expertise include teaching writing skills and the writing process to a wide range of ability/skill levels, ranging from a “back to basics” review to the refinement of Advanced Placement (AP) English level writing skills.

Additional areas of expertise include teaching self-editing skills and reading strategies, as well as developing the ability to think and write about literature or content in other humanities-based disciplines.

In addition to tutoring students and writing curriculum for enrichment and remediation classes, the instructor has also taught a yearbook enrichment class to 5th graders at Walden Elementary School in Deerfield, Illinois. The enrichment program is sponsored and organized by the Walden PTO.

The instructor is a Deerfield resident, has children enrolled in Deerfield Public School District 109, and has lived in the Deerfield vicinity for most of her life.

Contact Information:

Michele R. Acosta

The Writing Tutor

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