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Building Informed Empathy with Picture Books

Nawal Qarooni Casiano shares three gorgeously varied picture books and guiding questions designed to cultivate an inquisitive stance and informed empathy in students.

When a Library Whispers

Leigh Anne Eck personifies her classroom library by sharing the lessons it whispers when we take the time to listen. This is a practical guide to keeping your classroom library timely and relevant.

Conferring and Conversation

Christy Rush-Levine confers with Tim about his reading.

Build Reader Identity

Cathy Mere knows that growing skills and strategies readers need is essential, yet helping readers find and grow their identity as readers makes the biggest difference of all. 

Nurturing Lifelong Readers

In this beautiful personal essay, Melissa Quimby reminds us to nurture readers through passion conferences, classroom libraries, read-aloud, and independent reading time.

Empowering Readers Podcast with The Choice Literacy Book Club

The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses The Barren Grounds on the podcast.

March 5, 2021: Empower Readers (Part 1)

Empowering Readers (Part 1) is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Conferring with Reading Partners in Fourth Grade

Andrea Smith talks with two boys about the book they are reading, Island. They discuss the way their partnership is going, even though the partners are reading at different paces.

What Do Readers Need?

Christy Rush-Levine offers a close look into the needs of readers by considering engagement, enrichment and nourishment. She offers three examples of reading conferences with students.

Best Graphic Novel Adaptations for the Middle Grades

Shari Frost shares her favorite graphic novel adaptations for the middle grades.

Celebrating Writers Podcast with Bitsy Parks

Bitsy Parks discusses celebrating writers on the podcast.

February 26, 2021: Celebrating Writers

Celebrating Writers is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Celebrating with Fan Fiction

Melanie Meehan shares how a short dip into fan fiction can be a wonderful way to inject some play and raise engagement in writing.

What Are You Celebrating Today?

Melissa Quimby leans in and asks her students to define their celebrations as writers. Rather than always naming the celebration for students, Melissa helps students gain ownership of the writing process by learning to celebrate every stage.

February 19, 2021: Shared Writing

Shared writing is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Shared Writing Podcast with Tammy Mulligan

Tammy Mulligan discusses shared writing on the podcast.

Conferring in Kindergarten: Talk/Draw/Write

Hayley Whitaker confers with a kindergartner and shows him the connections between talking, drawing, and text.

Tips for Creating Shared-Writing Texts Online

Tammy Mulligan offers tips for creating shared-writing texts online.

Class Books Build Readers, Writers, and Community

Bitsy Parks shares the ways in which class books help students work as readers and writers, as well as build a community.

Argument Writing Podcast with Tara Barnett and Kate Mills

Tara Barnett and Kate Mills discuss mentor texts for argument writing on the podcast.

February 12, 2021: Argument Writing

Argument writing is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Writing Joy: A Publishing Celebration

Bitsy Parks shares the celebration within the publishing process. Learn to find the joy in uplifting young writers’ approximations by sharing their works with a larger audience.

Crafting a Literary Analysis

Christy Rush-Levine helps Ezekial draft his literary analysis.

Four Notebook Pages to Scaffold Persuasive Writing

Ruth Ayres suggests four notebook pages to help students balance facts and emotions when writing persuasively.

Finding Meaning in Reading Podcast with Heather Fisher

Heather Fisher discusses planning for professional learning and finding meaning in reading on the podcast.

February 5, 2021: Finding Meaning in Reading

Finding meaning in reading is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Examining Book Choices with New Awareness of Bias

Bitsy Parks takes into account her recent consideration of implicit biases and examines her classroom library and read-aloud choices with urgency and excitement.

Recognizing Bias Podcast with Gretchen Schroeder

Gretchen Schroeder discusses recognizing bias on the podcast.

January 29, 2021: Recognizing Bias

Recognizing bias is the theme of this week’s newsletter.

Many Uses for Mentor Texts to Teach Argument Writing

Tara Barnett and Kate Mills share the many targeted ways in which they use mentor texts to teach argument writing and move students away from five-paragraph themes.

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