Reading and writing across the curriculum is sparking more interest than ever among teachers and school leaders. Here are the resources you need to build more writing into your math curriculum, more reading and talk into your science program, and especially, how to infuse more nonfiction texts into your teaching throughout the school day.
Andrea Smith shares her best advice for library design that celebrates nonfiction as much as fiction.
Maria Caplin uses a getting-to-know-you activity in the first days of school to jumpstart research reading and writing with her fifth-grade students.
Andrea Smith builds interest in nonfiction in her fourth-grade classroom community through her constantly changing Information Board.
Justin Stygles finds a nonfiction book blitz is the perfect unit for closing out the school year.
Katie Baydo-Reed confers with an eighth-grade student moving between fiction and nonfiction texts, and gives advice about which books are appropriate for home reading.
Katie Doherty uses nonfiction graffiti walls as a tool for building response skills and community with her sixth-grade students.
Stella Villalba has advice about connecting nonfiction, young English language learners, and the Common Core.
Sean Moore teaches second grader Mikhail some strategies for learning words in a conference.
Andrea Smith leads a whole-class discussion of recording new content vocabulary in reading notebooks.
Tony Keefer finds that the article-of-the-week activity (adapted from Kelly Gallagher's work) is a good way to integrate short shared texts into his fourth-grade literacy workshop.
Can kindergartners do informational writing? Keri Archer finds the answer is yes, as she applies Common Core standards to inquiry work in her classroom.
Maria Caplin explains four changes she is making in her fifth-grade classroom with writing instruction because of the Common Core.
Andrea Smith’s fourth graders brainstorm next steps for their research project on owl habitats, which includes writing a research proposal.
Gretchen Taylor finds streamlining research check-ins in her middle school classroom is easy to do when she uses a simple online tool to eliminate a mountain of paper.
Franki Sibberson concludes her series on redesigning nonfiction sections of classroom libraries in the age of the Common Core.
Jeff Anderson explores the difference between informational and explanatory writing, and what that might mean for teaching craft moves to students.
Beth Lawson finds that a nonfiction research book club is just the grouping structure needed for a group of struggling readers in her fourth-grade classroom.
Andrea Smith leads her fourth graders through brainstorming for their owl research project.
Franki Sibberson chats with Chris Lehman (author of Energize Research Reading and Writing) about how the Common Core is changing the ways teachers approach student research in their classrooms.
Ruth Ayres and her colleagues use a marriage analogy to help middle school students and their families understand the research process. The article includes a nifty example of a pamphlet to share with parents.
When students are able to pick any research topic, they often will choose something they have already studied extensively. How can teachers allow students to pick topics for research they care passionately about and at the same time ensure there is the potential for rich inquiry? Maria Caplin describes the process she uses in her fifth-grade classroom to help students find and refine research topics for deeper learning.
Students are given a nonfiction text to mark up during a close reading with a partner in this video from Andrea Smith’s fourth-grade classroom.
Jennifer Schwanke describes the work of a music teacher who integrates literacy learning into her curriculum.
Chris Lehman has tongue-in-cheek suggestions for helping students learn to hate the research process.
Heather Rader blurs the line between research and presentation in the final installment of the primary research series.
Heather Rader shares the second installment in our primary research series.
Penny Kittle talks with Franki Sibberson about how to help students grow as readers and writers throughout the curriculum.
Aimee Buckner makes some surprising discoveries about what types of texts support writers working in nonfiction genres.
Mandy Robek shares five tips that can help teachers at any grade level develop strategies for tackling the Common Core.
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