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Midyear is a wonderful time for taking conferences to the next level, now that you know your students well and they trust you.  Beth Lawson gently challenges a young writer in her fourth-grade classroom to reach his full potential.

Research Book Clubs for Struggling Readers

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.

Shorter Research Projects: Rethinking Note-Taking Strategies

Katherine Sokolowski is assigning shorter research projects in her fifth-grade classroom as a way to help students acquire notetaking skills and understand the boundaries of plagiarism.

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Writing Workshop: Preparing for Publication

Beth Lawson helps her 4th grade students work through a checklist of items to prepare for publishing early in the fall.

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Beth Lawson uses an LCD, whiteboard, and magnetic clips in a clever way during the transition from minilessons to independent writing in writing workshop. Students tag whether they will be working on drafts or conferring with peers as Beth completes her status of the class on the board.

Conferring with Anna

Anna is a five-year-old student in an Oregon kindergarten classroom who speaks Vietnamese at home. In this conference with Ruth Shagoury, she shares writing about her classmates and a snake, testing out her growing knowledge of the alphabet, sounds, and the purposes of writing.

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