Literacy

Fisher and Frey on fostering collaborative conversations

Allison Wolfe  March 20th, 2014 

Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey shared a wealth of knowledge with teachers, leaders, and curriculum developers at the ASCD Conference last weekend. In “Collaborative...

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Plenty of teaching resources for Women's History Month

Anne Sparkman  March 18th, 2014 

We may have passed the Ides of March but there is still plenty of time to celebrate Women's History Month. If you are still looking for resources to help you in the...

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Tips for independent reading

Allison Wolfe  March 12th, 2014  Comments • 2

I recently spoke to a group of middle school teachers about independent reading, and there was quite a range of feelings about the topic. Some gushed about how independent...

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Tips for teaching conventions and grammar in real writing contexts

Janiel Wagstaff  March 5th, 2014 

Cheryl’s eyes bugged out a bit as she perused her students’ writing. “Why do their pieces look like this? Where are the capitals, the punctuation? I teach mechanics and...

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Honoring Black History (and a list of 50+ books for students)

Suzanne McCabe  February 21st, 2014  Comments • 2

When I was in sixth grade, my older brother handed me a paperback book. I don’t remember what he said, but I knew by the look on his face that I had to read it.

Was writing Holden a mistake?

Suzanne McCabe  January 23rd, 2014 

Like many readers, I think about the fictional Holden Caulfield with fondness. When I first read The Catcher in the Rye I was about 12, which may explain why I...

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The Common Core essentials: 5 things to read if you're starting from scratch

Suzanne McCabe  December 20th, 2013  Comments • 2

Have you heard praise or criticism about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and wondered what people were talking about?

Four tips for improving guided reading instruction (and a giveaway)

Alexandra Wladich  December 16th, 2013  Comments • 24

Even the most experienced teachers take time to lay the groundwork for success. Teachers need to get to know their students as readers and as members of the classroom...

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The Reader as Narcissus

Suzanne McCabe  December 6th, 2013 

In college, I studied Shakespeare with a brilliant scholar named Edward Tayler. One of his most repeated phrases—"the Reader as Narcissus"—still echoes in my mind.

What is close reading and how do I teach it?

Allison Wolfe  December 3rd, 2013 

In an article from Reading Today (full article available for members), San Diego State University professors Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey define close reading as...

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"Four score and seven..."

Suzanne McCabe  November 19th, 2013 

"The world will little note, nor long remember," President Abraham Lincoln said on a Pennsylvania battlefield 150 years ago today. Little note? Lincoln's eulogy to the...

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Building student interest in nonfiction

Allison Wolfe  November 12th, 2013 

After hearing a sixth grader say, “ I hate nonfiction, Mrs. Miller. It’s so boring.

Graphical literacy: Tips for teaching with maps, timelines and flowcharts

Allison Wolfe  October 24th, 2013 

In a recent article from The Reading Teacher about fostering graphical literacy, Kathryn Roberts and five of her colleagues share instructional practices to...

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Writing is learning

Tyler Reed  October 21st, 2013 

For me, writing is a messy process.

I agonize over opening sentences. I use the backspace button a lot. I delete whole paragraphs, rewrite, then realize I liked it...

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