Susan Dee uses shoebox autobiographies to build community and relationships with students early in the fall.
If you find yourself buried in student work that needs a response, you’ll enjoy suggestions from Bill Bass for using a nifty new online tool.
Justin Stygles uses the 30 Books in 30 Days project to introduce his sixth graders to a wide variety of authors and genres.
Gretchen Taylor finds giving up television enables her to reconsider many habitual behaviors.
Justin Stygles helps his sixth graders prepare to move to middle school with a photo essay assignment in the last weeks of school.
Justin Stygles finds a nonfiction book blitz is the perfect unit for closing out the school year.
Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller close out the year with their final literacy contracts. It’s time for students to take ownership of their learning, so they select the themes.
Shari Frost has a suggestion for what shouldn’t be on classroom walls: student assessment scores. She explains why this practice can be harmful to students.
Katie Doherty uses nonfiction graffiti walls as a tool for building response skills and community with her sixth-grade students.
We conclude our video series of end-of-year reading interviews with Ruth Shagoury. In this installment, she asks students about how they have changed as readers throughout the year.
Ruth Shagoury’s end-of-year writing interviews finish with questions about change and the teacher’s influence on writing.
Ruth Shagoury asks sixth-grade students about reading at home and how they have changed as readers this year.
Ruth Shagoury’s end of year writing interviews with sixth graders continue with questions about writing strengths and weaknesses.
Interviews at the end of the school year can help students consider their growth as readers and writers. In this week’s video, Ruth Shagoury interviews sixth graders about their reading. This is the first video in a three-part series.
Ruth Shagoury interviews sixth graders about their writing at the end of the year. This is the first video in a three-part series.
Gigi McAllister has many suggestions for a strong reading finish to the school year.
Ruth Shagoury explains why year-end interviews are so valuable, and includes questions to use in your interviews.
Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller choose a theme of discovery for their April literacy contracts.
Bill Bass gives advice and provides resources for creating video with high school students.
This month’s literacy contract for middle school students focuses on nonfiction texts and growing independence in the classroom.
Heather Rader has strategies for using sentence combining in literacy workshops.
Ruth Shagoury shares her top picks of mystery series for teens and tweens.
Heather Rader begins a new series on sentence combining, an alternative to traditional drill and kill grammar instruction.
Gretchen Taylor taps into a cultural phenomenon with her seventh-grade writers to help them deepen their writing and reflection.
Jeff Anderson concludes his series on explanatory grammar moves by exploring participles, included in the Common Core eighth-grade standard covering the use of verbals.
Katie Doherty has design tips for creating cozy reading spaces in middle school classrooms where there is no space or budget for a whole-class rug area.
Jennifer Schwanke helps middle school students make connections between classics and their current reading.
Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller focus their February Literacy Contracts on dystopias.
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