Choice Literacy Articles & Videos
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We help teachers move from teaching retelling to theme in this week’s newsletter.
Christy Rush-Levine helps Alyssa draft her literary analysis essay.
Tammy Mulligan shares how she introduces students to the process of interpreting literature at different grade and developmental levels.
Christy Rush-Levine shares the strategies she uses to help her middle school students take ownership of their literary analysis essays.
Dana Murphy confers with Krisha over her reading, talking about the value of using a book’s back cover for previewing.
The zone of proximal development (or ZPD) is the sweet spot for learning—just enough challenge with just enough support to take on the challenge. Melanie Meehan shares how teachers can create scaffolds in their classrooms that help students find their own ZPDs.
Stella Villalba shares three strategies teachers and literacy coaches can use to pause, re-center, and renew themselves throughout busy stressful days in schools.
Bitsy Parks leads a writing share early in the year, presenting three student examples of writing and highlighting different aspects of writer’s craft linked to minilessons.
Polysyndeton, asyndeton—if you are a writer and a word nerd, you will love Gretchen Schroeder’s suggestions for helping your students create lists with style in their writing.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills share the power of teaching writer’s craft in bite-sized chunks, through careful study of mentor sentences in read alouds.
In this conference in Christy Rush-Levine’s eighth-grade classroom, Jaden is reading a book that mixes math with basketball, an activity he enjoys at home.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills find that they have to change the way they think about connecting with families once students reach middle school.
Bitsy Parks shares how she builds a learning community with displays and traditions that celebrate families.
We reflect on how to close out the year with read alouds and interviews in this week’s newsletter.
Creative response from teachers and students is the focus of this week’s newsletter.
Getting better feedback from teachers and students is the focus of this week’s newsletter.
Ruth Ayres confers with second grader Reagan about writing she is revising for publication about a class trip to the zoo that included her grandmother. Ruth introduces her to the concept of frames in illustrations, using an example from a picture book.
Jennifer Allen shares a project student writers complete with support from a local college to make writing public and widen the net for feedback.
Mark Levine wonders why his most some of his most skilled readers take the most time to get through texts. So he asks them, and gets some fascinating answers he uses to assist struggling students.
This week we look at the gamut of emotions remote learning brings to teachers and students.
Mandy Robek learns a lot about worry from her daughter, and at the same time discovers a treasure trove of children’s books to help students overcome worries.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills write about the challenge of creating meaningful print-based packages of materials for students who don’t have internet access for remote learning.
We consider journals and notebooks in this week’s newsletter.
Andrea Smith meets with a group of fourth-grade girls who are completing designs as part of the owl habitat project.
Bitsy Parks finds inspiration for her teaching journal in the work of Debbie Miller. She explains how she uses her journal daily, and how it has evolved over time.
Journals? Writers’ Notebooks? Shari Frost shares tips and strategies for explaining the difference between the two for teachers, as well as professional development resources.
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