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The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses So You Want to Be an Owl

The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses So You Want to Be an Owl by Jane Porter and Maddie Frost.

September 24, 2021: Getting Started with Writing

Getting started with writing is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Austin Makes Writing Plans

In this video, Austin reads his writing and shares his next steps by self-recording a video to upload to the Learning Management System.

Quick Take: How Do Writers Get Started?

In this Quick Take video, Ruth Ayres shares different ways writers can enter a writing project.

Helping Young Writers Make Plans

Tammy Mulligan promotes independence in her student writers by supporting them in creating writing plans. A download of a planning template is included so your students can create writing plans, too.

Ten Ways to Celebrate Writers

Jen Court gives 10 ways for students to share and celebrate their work as writers. Two downloads are included for you to use in your classroom.

Using Picture Books Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss using picture books in literacy instruction.

September 19, 2021: Using Picture Books

Using picture books is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Picture Books to Teach Conflict

Katherine Sokolowski shares a book list that inspires her to teach five different kinds of conflict.

Picture Books that Help Construct a Wider Definition of Home

Stella Villalba compiles a book list about the topic of home. She shares the way she allows students to co-construct their own understanding of home by using picture books that provide a variety of lenses through which to view the topic.

Narrative Minilesson in Kindergarten

Hayley Whitaker leads a minilesson in kindergarten on story structure.

Making Workshop Work Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss making workshop work.

September 10: How do you make workshop work?

Making workshop work is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Quick Take: Share Your Reading Struggles

Instructional coach Staci Revere reminds us of the importance of modeling our own reading lives for students, especially the parts where we struggle as readers.

Four Keys to Making Workshop Work

Bitsy Parks reminds us of four key components of running a workshop and offers advice for making workshop work.

Bring In the School Year Like a Grandma

Julie Johnson reflects on how to help students know they belong and are valued in a classroom community.

Are you listening to readers?

Tammy Mulligan and Ruth Ayres discuss new content related listening to readers, as well as opening the school year.

September 3: Are you taking time to listen to readers?

Listening to readers is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

The Choice Literacy Book Club Discusses Ouch! Moments

The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses Ouch! Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways by Michael Genhart and Viviana Garofoli.

August 27: Are your conferences uplifting?

Offering uplifting feedback is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

How Do Visuals Strengthen Literacy Instruction? Podcast

Cathy Mere and Ruth Ayres discuss the new content related to the way visuals strengthen literacy instruction.

August 20: How do visuals strengthen literacy instruction?

Using visuals to strengthen literacy instruction is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

One Instructional Strategy Changes a Reading Community

Mandy Robek reminds us of the power of a Status of the Class to build a reading community.

Making Time to Listen to Your Readers

Angie Miller reminds us of the importance of making time to listen to student readers so we can make enrichment and instructional adjustments.

A Roving Student Conferrer

Tammy Mulligan encourages students to support their peers as writers by being a “roving student conferrer.” When we enable students to take on the role of the teacher, it helps solidify what they know, as well as take pride in their writing skills.

Sincerely Positive

Matt Renwick offers advice on how to use feedback as a tool to support and reinforce what students are doing well. Sincerity and positivity will always give students more confidence in themselves as writers.

Quick Take: Beware of Pet Peeves

Ruth Ayres cautions us to not let our pet peeves get in the way when working with student writers.

Three Meaningful Ways to Incorporate Drawing into English Class

Gretchen Schroeder shares three meaningful ways to incorporate drawing into her high school English classes, and the purpose behind each strategy.

Lead with Art, and Literacy Will Naturally Follow

Stella Villalba widens our perspective by sharing the link between art and literacy with suggested picture books to help build the bridge.

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