Mr. Anthony



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Mr. Anthony

            Michael Anthony is the author of Between the Lines: Actively Engaging Readers in the English Classroom  (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), based upon the development and integration of a Common Core aligned and activity based independent reading workshop paradigm integrating social inquiry, collaborative learning, and young adult literature in the classroom to achieve a love of lifelong reading among students.  Mr. Anthony has presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) convention, the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English (PCTE) convention, the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) workshop, and Core Connections, a Berks County based technology symposium, in an effort to improve the classroom practices of educators toward more differentiated, engaged, and student-centered approaches to ELA instruction.  


            Mr. Anthony conceived and developed a graduate level Continuing Professional Education course for Pennsylvania educators through the Berks County Intermediate Unit. The course, Actively Engaging Readers in the English Classroom, received state approval and is scheduled to run in the summer of 2018, providing him the opportunity to foster improved student literacy and engagement across classrooms throughout the county by introducing area middle and high school teachers to highly effective reading and writing workshop approaches. 


            Mr. Anthony's passion for the reading and teaching of young adult literature has resulted in a classroom library of more than 5,000 young adult novels ranging through varied reading levels and genres including but not limited to complex historical fiction and fantasy, timely dystopian titles, traditional gothic horror, inviting LGBT books, and high interest urban tales.  He was nominated for the 2013 Random House Teacher Award for Literacy, an award which recognizes Innovative Projects in Support of Cultivating Literacy and Lifelong Readers.  


           Mr. Anthony currently teaches eighth grade English classes at Muhlenberg Middle School.  He previously served as Language Arts Department Coordinator in the Muhlenberg School District and taught Senior Advanced Placement English at Muhlenberg High School.  He holds a master's degree in English Literature from Kutztown University and a bachelor's degree in English Communications from Albright College.  He is a former competitive bodybuilder and radio broadcaster.  Mr. Anthony resides in the Centre Park Historic District of Reading, PA where he maintains many collections including...more books.  He may be reached at or contacted at 610-921-8034, ext. 3110.  Homework Hotline updates may be found at