Choice Literacy Articles & Videos
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Thoughtful procedures is the theme of this week’s newsletter.
Katherine Sokolowski outlines the nitty-gritty on how to teach students to organize, manage, and compose email.
Gretchen Schroeder asks herself tough questions about her late-work policy for high school students. In the end, she changed her late-work policy and found that it took no effort on her part, other than a shift in mindset, while yielding powerful results.
Technology and routines is the theme of this week’s newsletter.
Katherine Sokolowski takes time each year to help students know how Google Classroom works and details ways to take advantage of it as an organizational tool.
Matt Renwick leads us to design book clubs where students can continue to grow and connect as readers in online discussions.
Cathy Mere shares how to find reliable digital reading resources to pair with print materials to provide strong opportunities for student learning.
Heather Fisher considers the possibilities for extending vocabulary development through a daily word routine.
Tammy Mulligan shares her quick thinking when students are bored with book clubs and reminds us all of the importance of offering playful choice for students to show their learning.
Leigh Anne Eck outlines sensible reasons for students to keep reading records. She considers guidance for book selection, data for teachers, and entry points for reading conferences.
Multimodal writing and fairy tales is the theme of this week’s newsletter.
The Choice Literacy Book Club discusses My Hero Academia, Volume 1 by Kohei Horikoshi.
Craft Moves for Writers is the theme of this week’s newsletter.
Ruth Ayres explains the way image, text, and sound work together to create meaningful writing. She helps us consider where the writing carries the most meaning, as well as how these modes work together.
In this second installment, Julie Johnson guides the process of creating multimodal fairy tales, as well as discusses producing the final product.
Julie Johnson outlines the groundwork for creating multimodal fairy tales in writing workshop.
Mandy Robek takes a step back to relaunch a fairy tale study so students can engage in inquiry work in order to discover key characteristics of the genre.
Melanie Meehan unlocks a few craft moves in Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson.
Bitsy Parks outlines how to select mentor texts in order to have more ownership over the lesson and engage students.
Melanie Quinn uses her fourth graders love of drama to create a fun activity for learning how to integrate quotations into writing.
Gretchen Schroeder discusses grammar tools and the reasons students should use them as writers.
Jen Schwanke outlines ways to make substantial cuts to a draft in order to have confidence in the clarity of a message.
Leigh Anne Eck cracks open why dialogue is important in narrative writing and where to place dialogue in a story. She includes student samples that show the power of this craft move.
Melanie Meehan discusses the transfer of learning using pictures.
Gretchen Schroeder shares a summative assessment inspired by Song Exploder in which her high school students craft an argumentative essay defending a choice of a great song.
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