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Sean Moore leads a second-grade whole-class reading share early in the year. This quick video shows that this instruction time is as much about establishing social norms as talking about reading.
Aimee Buckner helps fourth grader Isaiah focus his reading early in the year in this quick conference.
Sean Moore meets with a group of second graders to remind them how to use sticky notes strategically while they are reading.
Justin Stygles finds a nonfiction book blitz is the perfect unit for closing out the school year.
Sean Moore confers with second grader Teague, masterfully demonstrating how to move between instruction and celebration when conferring with a child who struggles with reading.
Sean Moore teaches second grader Mikhail some strategies for learning words in a conference.
Deb Gaby uses a bridge metaphor in a comprehension minilesson for second graders.
Aimee Buckner confers with fourth grader Samantha about reading a series and tackling challenging vocabulary at the same time in this brief video.
Franki Sibberson confers with fourth grader Yuki to expand his reading options into more complex series and mysteries.
Ruth Shagoury shares her top picks of mystery series for teens and tweens.
Jennifer Schwanke helps middle school students make connections between classics and their current reading.
Katie DiCesare chats with first grader Sebastian in this one-minute conference, then shares her reflections on where Sebastian might go next in his reading.
Linda Karamatic uses texts her second graders already know to build their inferring skills as they construct a chart together.
Mary Lee Hahn explores story structure with her fifth-grade students. This is a terrific activity for helping older students understand increasingly complex story structures as they move through the intermediate grades.
Gretchen Schroeder concludes her Shakespeare in the Age of the Common Core Series with activities to explore subtext in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Linda Karamatic uses a read aloud to launch a group activity to build understanding of inferring.
Gretchen Schroeder continues her Shakespeare and the Common Core series on teaching the classics in high school, explaining how she uses Hamlet in creative ways to teach close reading strategies.
Aimee Buckner teaches a fourth grader a strategy for using a sticky note to keep track of characters when there are multiple narrators in a novel.
Gretchen Schroeder launches a three-part series on Shakespeare in the Age of the Common Core. This week’s installment is a fresh take on teaching Macbeth to high school students.
Katherine Sokolowski has suggestions for organizing and hosting a Mock Newbery Club in the weeks before the award is given in late January.
Katie DiCesare confers with Jack and Praneel about their partner reading.
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.
Deb Gaby uses an analogy of animal tracks to introduce the concept of "holding thinking" in reading journals to second graders.
Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller continue their monthly series on using literacy contracts in middle school. The October literacy contracts have a theme of fear and conflict.
Franki Sibberson works with a small group of fourth graders who often abandon books.
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.
Franki Sibberson chats with Chris Lehman and Kate Roberts about close reading in this 30-minute podcast. Chris and Kate are the authors of Falling in Love with Close Reading: Lessons for Analyzing Texts — and Life from Heinemann.
Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller are Emphasizing Empathy in their September literacy contracts for middle school students.
Maggie Beattie Roberts and Kate Roberts present a step-by-step process for close reading in the middle and high school grades involving multiple passes through the same text.
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