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Karen Terlecky explains how she designs instruction and uses mentor texts to teach theme, and includes a video example of a minilesson.
Franki Sibberson writes about how she chooses books for theme instruction and shares two lessons.
If you want to match students to books, you’ll need to master the art of the book talk. Katherine Sokolowski has practical tips for honing your skills.
Andrea Smith leads her fourth graders through brainstorming for their owl research project.
A writing lead is a door — readers will either want to walk through it or shut it and move on to something else. That's the analogy Karen Terlecky uses in this video of a fifth-grade writing workshop minilesson.
Franki Sibberson shares some tips and strategies with her fourth graders from the web for focusing and organizing their writing.
Katherine Sokolowski finds late in the year is the perfect time for launching a fiction writing unit with her fifth graders.
Shari Frost explains the power of shared writing in intermediate classrooms, especially for struggling learners.
Heather Rader discovers subheadings are a neglected but useful tool for teaching students about key topics in their writing.
Andie Cunningham observes a third-grade teacher as she systematically improves the quality and depth of student questioning over time.
Shari Frost explains why shared reading is valuable for older students, with examples of the practice in the intermediate grades.
It’s never too early to help students learn to make wise choices for independent reading. Mandy Robek reviews the I-Pick strategy for choosing appropriate books with her kindergarten students.
Franki Sibberson shares 10 principles for minilesson planning. This is an excerpt from her new book, The Joy of Planning.
Beth Lawson models her process as a writer for her fourth-grade students, describing her emotions as well as creating a draft.
Sean Moore uses the poem “The Busy Ant” for partner work and discussion of fluency and vocabulary with his second graders.
Franki Sibberson considers how the demands of the Common Core and the complex mix of online and offline nonfiction texts are changing the skills she teaches students.
If you tell students transitions are like underwear, they sit up and pay attention. Heather Rader uses the analogy to help students analyze and improve the transitions in their writing.
When students take a stand in writing, they will almost inevitably bring up touchy topics. Heather Rader considers the challenge in part 3 of her opinion/argumentative writing series.
Katherine Sokolowski designs a graphic novels unit for her fifth graders, and is surprised by how much the genre delights them.
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan provide previewing how-to advice for grades K-2 teachers.
Franki Sibberson's goal is to provide her students with more tools for previewing books independently and making wise selections. In this lesson, she makes full use of technology to set up sites and resources for students to browse at school or home.
Mandy Robek takes her kindergartners through a picture walk using Mrs. Wishy Washy as the text.
Aimee Buckner has tips for ways to focus lessons that will help students produce more writing.
Aimee Buckner finds that teaching the rule of three to young writers adds variety to student texts.
In this first video from a four-part series, Sean Moore leads a writing workshop focused on adding more details and descriptive language to writing. He begins with the classic Charlotte’s Web as his mentor text.
Linda Karamatic uses quick sketches to teach her second graders about sensory images in reading. This is the second installment in a two-part series.
Linda Karamatic uses quick sketches to teach her second graders about sensory images in reading. This is the first installment in a two-part series.
Beth Lawson helps her 4th grade students work through a checklist of items to prepare for publishing early in the fall.
Linda Karamatic is launching a unit on punctuation with her second graders which includes mentor texts, inquiry, and anchor charts.
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