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This week we look at how to help traumatized children in classrooms.
Christy Rush-Levine finds her middle school students need more support and scaffolds to understand authors’ craft in graphic novels.
Fifth-grade writers in Franki Sibberson’s classroom encourage each other and suggest revisions to their opinion-writing drafts in partner teams.
Jen Schwanke remembers her own experiences with trauma as a scared young girl, and how one kind teacher made all the difference in putting her on the path to healing. This makes her ponder the power of literacy in reaching wounded students in our midst.
Mark Levine has his middle school students “closely read” paired videos as well as texts to ponder the value and accuracy of different historical sources.
Christy Rush-Levine confers with Nia over the graphic novel she is reading. They discuss the choices characters make.
Jeff is apathetic and unengaged. To help this middle school learner, Mark Levine needs to understand his history. Mark shows the power of interviews for connecting with struggling teen learners.
Sean Moore leads his second graders in a quick pair-share to help everyone reflect on what they learned during independent reading.
Mark Levine realizes explaining expectations for an essay assignment over and over again isn’t working. But when he has students write in pairs for a portion of his workshop, magic happens.
Tammy Mulligan explains how the use of the popular “reading mats” can help build reader confidence.
Gretchen Schroeder uses “appointment clocks” to ensure her students meet with a variety of peers for partner work.
Fifth graders use a visual tool to help them build on each other’s ideas in book clubs. They are applying a strategy demonstrated in an earlier minilesson.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills find their middle school students need some scaffolding to tease out essential details in literature.
Dana Murphy leads a minilesson on book club conversations, using a fishbowl strategy and building blocks to support more sophisticated conversations.
Tammy Mulligan considers the rituals she has for preparing to write, and then uses what she learns in classroom writing workshops.
This week we look at easy and fun classroom literacy events and celebrations.
This week we look at creative literacy instruction before holiday breaks.
Katherine Sokolowski uses the Community Timeline Project to bring together students and older community members around history and writing.
The 100th day of school has become an opportunity for classroom and schoolwide celebrations. Shari Frost provides many resources to ensure reading and writing are front and center on this special day.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills take advantage of students’ knowledge of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to teach the concept of theme before the holiday break.
Bitsy Parks uses the short stretch before the holidays for a quick and fun how-to writing unit with her first graders.
Jen Court uses text sets from three authors to help second graders ferret out different elements of the authors’ styles.
Christy Rush-Levine scaffolds her middle-school students’ understanding of craft moves by moving from short stories to novels when studying specific authors.
Mark Levine shows how young adult literature is a potent tool to drive learning in his middle school social studies classroom.
Whenever a tricky literary concept comes up, Tammy Mulligan finds herself returning to a favorite mentor text to guide students. She explains the value of shared simple stories for understanding complicated literary elements.
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