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Literary Analysis and Authenticity in Middle School

Christy Rush-Levine finds the best way to help her middle school students learn to read closely for literary analysis is through student writing. They begin with analyzing student exemplars from the Common Core, and then move to shared texts as they hone their skills.

Close Reading for Comparison in Fifth Grade

Katherine Sokolowski uses a fascinating picture book to build close reading skills with her fifth graders. The key is selecting a text that holds up well through multiple readings.

Close Encounters with Text: Reading Many Ways

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris find their reading processes as adults informs the way they view close reading with students.

Beginning a Novel with Close Reading

Aimee Buckner helps a fourth-grade boy tease out emerging themes in the first pages of the novel Morning Girl.

Understanding Fiction and Nonfiction in First Grade

This is a demonstration lesson in a first-grade classroom on understanding the difference between fiction and nonfiction led by Erin Quealy. It is the first video in a three-part series.

Second-Grade Reading Group

Heather Rader demonstrates the importance of a varied reading diet to a second-grade group, sharing her own stack of books.

Just Reading?

Christy Rush-Levine challenges the notion that there is anything easy or natural about getting young teens to select and read books independently in classrooms.

Fourth-Grade Read Aloud: Checking In

In this video from a fourth-grade classroom, Gi Reed reads aloud Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. Gi continually checks in with her students, making sure they are visualizing, noticing new vocabulary, and making connections to earlier incidents in the texts—all without breaking the flow of the story.

Using a Strategy Card in a Reading Conference

Deb Gaby confers with second grader Reagan early in the school year. She is reading her first chapter book, and using a reading strategies “tool kit” for support.

Provoking Young Readers

Melanie Meehan finds read aloud is a great time for children to connect opinions and experiences.

Book Clubs Then and Now: Change Is the Constant

Mary Lee Hahn considers how book clubs have changed over time in her fifth-grade classroom.

Owl Research Notes Group

Andrea Smith helps a group of boys take notes during an owl research project.

Favorite Wordless Picture Books for Teaching Inference

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris present some of their favorite children’s books for teaching inference.

Working Hard and Reading Carefully: On Theme and Rereading

Jennifer Allen uses commercials to promote the importance of rereading to students while teaching theme.

Supporting Readers with Nonfiction Text

Cathy Mere finds that criteria for “just-rightness” varies with genre.

Redefining Just-Right Books

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris share advice for rethinking how teachers and students define “just-right” texts.

Setting Goals with Students

Melanie Meehan shares anchor charts and strategies for goal-setting.

Percy Jackson Read-Aloud in Fourth Grade

Tony Keefer demonstrates how he makes his read-alouds interactive, and explains why he selected Percy Jackson to use with this group of fourth graders.

Intervening with Read Aloud

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris are using read alouds as an intervention strategy with struggling learners.

Catching Up with Anna

Katie Doherty Czerwinski tackles the challenging issue of helping a student catch up in book clubs and reading workshop when they have missed a lot of class time.

Notebook Sketching: Conferring with Sarah

Aimee Buckner confers with Sarah about sketching in her notebook.

Using Google Earth to Support Readers

Justin Stygles finds Google Earth is a marvelous tool for helping students research settings in novels.

Using Lord of the Flies to Teach Argument

Gretchen Schroeder has suggestions for using short texts and close reading to help students comprehend The Lord of the Flies.

Picture Books or Beginning Readers?

Many beloved characters from picture books are showing up in beginning readers, and in the process can lose a lot of their appeal. Shari Frost provides teachers with criteria for choosing between picture books or beginning readers.

Conferring About Characters in First Grade

Katie DiCesare confers with Vidhi about the main character in her independent reading book.

Inform, Inspire, Instruct: Essays as Mentor Texts in High School

Kim Campbell shares her favorite nonfiction short texts to use with adolescents.

Whole Class Partner Share Session in First Grade

Katie DiCesare leads her first graders in a reading share session during a character traits unit.

Using Close Reading to Analyze Propaganda

Propaganda, word clouds, and close reading engage students in Holly Mueller’s sixth-grade class.

“Lift a Line” Boys Reading Group

Franki Sibberson gives a group of boys a “lift a line” assignment to build their close reading skills.

Fluency and Comprehension Conference

Aimee Buckner confers with fourth grader Amanda about her reading comprehension and fluency, encouraging her to use a post-it note to track thinking around a focus question.

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