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Launching a Punctuation Study in Second Grade

Linda Karamatic is launching a unit on punctuation with her second graders which includes mentor texts, inquiry, and anchor charts.

Dear Eve Bunting

A persistent seven-year-old has some powerful messages about confidence, patience, and sending writing out into the world.

Field Experience: Picture Books and Older Students

The value of picture books with older students is often questioned. Ruth Ayres assembled this field experience to allow insight into the depth and power of picture books for older students.

Writing, Graphic Organizers, and Mentor Texts

In this video from Sean Moore’s second-grade classroom, Sean demonstrates how to use a graphic organizer with his own writing as the mentor text.

Finding a Place for Graphic Novels in My Classroom

Katherine Sokolowski listens to her husband’s sage advice and develops a new relationship with graphic novels that disappear off her classroom shelves.

The Quest for the Perfect First Read Aloud of the Year

Franki Sibberson is on a quest to find the perfect first read aloud of the year, and the search helps her consider the goals and purpose of read alouds during the first days of school.

Listen In: XBox Game Writing

Boys and their toys: Heather Rader confers with a second grader over his game writing while Linda Karamatic listens in.

Nonfiction Read Aloud

Sean Moore reads nonfiction aloud to his 2nd grade students. This is the first video in a two-part series.

Nonfiction Read Aloud – Part 2

Here are some more tips for nonfiction read-alouds, based on Sean Moore's reading of Plants That Eat Animals.

Mentor Texts for Nonfiction Writing

Beth Lawson and Heather Rader meet to plan and share mentor texts for nonfiction writing in Beth’s fourth-grade classroom.

Scaring Up Better Narratives Part I

Just before Halloween, Aimee Buckner leads a lesson on brainstorming topics in writer's notebooks using the mentor text Some Things Are Scary. In this first installment of a three-part series, Aimee reads the book and models her own thinking process and use of a writer's notebook.

Scaring Up Better Narratives Part 2

Just in time for Halloween, Aimee Buckner leads a lesson on brainstorming topics in writer's notebooks using the mentor text Some Things Are Scary. In this second installment of a three-part series, Aimee continues to confer with students and helps everyone refine potential writing topics in their notebooks.

Previewing Nonfiction

Teachers are adding more nonfiction to their classroom libraries, and looking for ways to promote nonfiction with students in light of the emphasis on nonfiction in the Common Core. Franki Sibberson share tips for previewing nonfiction with students.

Scaring Up Better Narratives Part 3

Aimee Buckner leads a lesson on brainstorming topics in writer's notebooks using the mentor text Some Things Are Scary. In this final installment of a three-part series, Aimee continues to confer with students and shares a great tip for nonfiction research.

Making the Reading-Writing Connection with Genre Studies: The “Must Have” Lesson

No stranger to genre studies, Aimee Buckner has both advice and book basket ideas to get must-haves in your hands.

Mentor Texts for Organizing Writing

We think of mentor texts for teaching literary elements, but what about for organizing? Aimee Buckner describes how she selects books to demonstrate a range of ways to organize writing and help students make choices independently.

Rethinking Mentor Texts

Shari Frost writes about the ways our perfectly organized bins may limit the teaching possibilities for many books.  She takes readers step by step through her process of determining ways to use a sample mentor text to teach a multitude of lessons and strategies.

Injecting Writing into Everything: Cover-up Stories

Cover-up stories involve removing illustrations to heighten awareness of other story elements. Heather Rader explains how the instructional technique works.

Choosing Mentor Texts for Reading

In this quick take video, Aimee Buckner explains her criteria for selecting mentor texts for small-group, individual, and whole-class instruction.

Seedfolks: Connecting Community and Literature

There's so much to do during the first weeks of school, but it's important not to skip the most important thing – building a sense of community with your students.

Quick Take: Selecting Mentor Texts for Writing Instruction

In this two-minute video, Aimee Buckner explains how she selects mentor texts for writing, as well as the importance of using writing by students and teachers in lessons.

Punctuation Study with Third Graders

Mandy Robek finds a punctuation unit study with her third graders is a fun alternative to yet another genre study. Her essay includes booklists of children's literature and professional texts.

Using Mentor Texts in Study Groups: Play and Practice

Jennifer Allen considers ways to be more practical and playful in introducing mentor texts during study groups with colleagues.

Planning to Teach with Mentor Texts: Two Examples

Once you’ve found a text you love, how do you plan lessons from it?   Karen Terlecky takes teachers through the process of selecting and designing instruction with two favorite texts.

Picture Books for Shared Reading

Shared reading builds skills and community in Katie DiCesare's 1st grade classroom.

Choosing New Books for Comprehension Strategy Studies with Young Children

Ruth Shagoury and Andie Cunningham share a wealth of books appropriate for comprehension study with young children. The booklist is especially useful for work with English language learners.

Thinking About 5th Grade Read Alouds

Karen Terlecky develops a plan for read alouds with her 5th grade students.  She explains her choices, comparing selections to last year's list.

Biographies Off the Beaten Path

Here are some quirky biographies that will inspire and delight your students.

Reflections on Our Year of Read Alouds (BOOKLIST)

if you're moving from thinking about read alouds for the first days of school, to plotting out a plan for read alouds all year long, you might want to read Franki Sibberson's booklist of read-alouds used for the entire year with her 3rd and 4th grade students.

Literary Nonfiction: Models for Writing

Literary nonfiction is emerging as a popular genre. In this booklist, Franki Sibberson shares mentor texts for writing literary nonfiction.

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