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About Teen Literacy Tips
Teen Literacy Tips is an educational resource for those who teach literature to adolescents. If you’re a classroom teacher, a homeschooling parent, or a student teacher, Teen Literacy Tips is designed for you. Major areas include:

  • Resources: A roundup of popular articles and multimedia downloads
  • Recommended Books: Essential books for the literature teacher, including books about teaching adolescents. If you have a suggestion for a book that’s not listed, use the contact page below to tell me about it.

About Nick
nicksengerNick has been teaching middle school students since 1990, and in 2001 he was named Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the National Catholic Education Association. He is a husband, father of four, Catholic school teacher and vice principal, and author of ROMAN Reading: 5 Practical Skills for Transforming Your Life through Literature. In 2012 he was ordained a Roman Catholic Deacon.

He currently teaches at All Saints Catholic School in Spokane, Washington, where he has worked since 1991.

His favorite books are Don Quixote, The Lord of the Rings, and the Master and Commander series by Patrick O’Brian.

Nick’s philosophy of reading is based in part on the following principles:

  • The only way to improve as a reader is to read.
  • Reading for entertainment and reading for enlightenment are not mutually exclusive.
  • Reading is “when, with nothing but the power of your own mind, you operate on the symbols before you in such a way that you gradually lift yourself from a state of understanding less to one of understanding more.” Mortimer J. Adler
  • “The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.” Thomas Carlyle
  • “Some books are meant to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” Francis Bacon
  • “Everything we read stimulates our mind to think, and what we think determines what we desire and desires are the seedbed of our actions. Given this iron law of human nature–from reading to thinking, to desiring, to acting–we are shaping our destiny by the books we choose to have enter our minds through print.” Fr. John Hardon, S.J.
  • “He who reads a story only once is condemned to read the same story his whole life.” Roland Barthes
  • “Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.” Henry David Thoreau
  • “It’s not how many books you get through, it’s how many books get through you.” Mortimer J. Adler

 

41 Responses

  1. Clay Burell says:

    “Egggselent….” –Mr. Burns

    Love the quotes.

  2. Lynne Crowe says:

    Amazing quotes which I’m going to share with my ‘book worms’ and my reluctant but capable (mainly male) readers. This blog is awesome.
    Thanks

  3. Nick says:

    Thanks, guys! You made my day.

  4. Ann Hogg says:

    Please forward answers to translate those Christmas Carols. Thanks.

  5. Linda Diebold says:

    Please forward the answers to translate the Christmas Carols. I need them before December 17th. Thanks.

  6. Karen says:

    I love the Translate that Christmas Carol. Could you please send me the answers??

    Thank you, and Merry Christmas:)

  7. Katelin says:

    Can you send me the answers to the Translate that Christmas Carol worksheet?
    Thanks!

  8. Lori says:

    Please send me answers to the Translate that Christmas Carol worksheet.

  9. AMIE says:

    I would like the answers to the Translate that Christmas Carol please.

    Thank you so much!!

  10. Robin says:

    I’d LOVE the answers to your “Translate the Christmas Carol”…. hoping to use them for a trivia challenge for my staff Christmas party 🙂

    Thank you!

  11. Amy says:

    Could you please email me the solutions to the “Translate the Christmas Carol”?
    Thanks

  12. vickie says:

    I love the Translate that Christmas Carol. Could you please send me the answers??

  13. Fay says:

    Can you please email the Christmas carol translation answers? Thank you!

  14. Kara says:

    Could you please send me the answers to translate the Chistmas Carol? I couldn’t get the link to work. Love the activity! Thanks!!

  15. Kim Carson says:

    I would love the answers if you still do this!

  16. Ginny says:

    Would you please send me the answers to the translations of the Christmas song titles?
    Thanks! Plan to use this with a large group of kids. They will love it!

  17. Linda says:

    Can you send me the answer to the Carols?
    Thanks,

  18. Jessica says:

    Please send me answers to the Christmas Carols. The link does not work

  19. Karen Pyles says:

    Please send me the answers to translate the Christmas Carol answers. I think I have most of them but would like to know for sure

  20. Rose Gaytah says:

    Would love the answers for translate the Christmas carol, they’re great!

  21. Charity Mishler says:

    Hi I would love to receive the answers to your Christmas carol worksheet for a Christmas party I will be hosting. Hope you are still giving them out 🙂

  22. Jeremy says:

    How do we get the answers?

  23. Nick says:

    I’ve just now emailed answers to those of you who signed in with your email address.

  24. Michelle Carman says:

    Please send me the answers to translate the Christmas Carol answers. I think I have most of them but would like to know for sure.

    Thank you and Merry Christmas.

  25. Andrew G says:

    Hey there,
    could I get the answers to the Christmas Carol activity?

    Thanks

  26. judi says:

    please send the answers to translate that christmas carol to stanjudileggett@gmail.com. thanks

  27. Janelle Leuning says:

    May I get the answers to the Christmas Carols? Thank you for this selection! I had a similar list years ago and didn’t know where to begin looking for them!

    Merry Christmas!

  28. Christine Hodgson says:

    Please email answers to your Translate the Christmas Carol trivia quiz.

    Thanks

  29. Erin Clarke says:

    Would love the answers to the Christmas carol translation exercise.
    Thanks for all you do.
    Have a great holiday,
    Erin

  30. Daryn Mullholand says:

    Looking for the answer page for your “Translate the Christmas Carols” Thanks!

  31. Nick says:

    Great activity. Please email the answers to your Christmas Carol Trivia.

  32. Kelly Walker says:

    Can I please have the answers to the Christmas Carol Translation page? Thanks!

  33. Sade Douthit says:

    Can I please have the answer key

  34. Lynn says:

    May I please have the answers to the Christmas Carol Translation page? I am working on some games for the students on our campus. thanks.

  35. Lisa says:

    Can I please get the answers to the Christmas Carols. Thank you and happy holidays

  36. Shelby says:

    Can I please get the answers to the Christmas Carol quiz?

  37. Estella Jones says:

    Please send me the translations to the Christmas Carol Quiz. Thanks in advance.

  38. Elaine Bahr says:

    Can I get the answers to the Christmas Carol Translation page? Thanks!

  39. Teresa Lucas says:

    Can I please get the answers to the Christmas Carol quiz?
    from your post: Translate that Christmas Carol, by Nick · Published December 10, 2007 · Updated December 13, 2016

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