Are your students buried in post-its? Oversharing with those text-to-self connections? Parroting back comprehension tips but rarely applying them when they are actually reading? Our contributors sort through what works with strategy instruction, and have wise advice for avoiding superficial approaches to developing comprehension skills.
Katie DiCesare confers with Vidhi about the main character in her independent reading book.
Kim Campbell shares her favorite nonfiction short texts to use with adolescents.
Katie DiCesare leads her first graders in a reading share session during a character traits unit.
Propaganda, word clouds, and close reading engage students in Holly Mueller’s sixth-grade class.
Franki Sibberson gives a group of boys a “lift a line” assignment to build their close reading skills.
Aimee Buckner confers with fourth grader Amanda about her reading comprehension and fluency, encouraging her to use a post-it note to track thinking around a focus question.
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.
Linda Karamatic uses a read aloud to launch a group activity to build understanding of inferring.
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.
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.
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