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We’re celebrating spring with our Annual Spring Break edition of the newsletter, featuring the 10 most popular articles published over the past year.
Argument and persuasion is the focus of this week’s newsletter.
We consider student identity and ownership in this week’s newsletter.
This week we consider the ways mentor texts can be thoughtful “detours” for learning.
This week we focus on revision minilessons in the intermediate grades.
We share some creative takes on reading response in this week’s Big Fresh.
We explore literacy cures for the winter doldrums in this week’s Big Fresh.
We look at how to change struggles to strengths in this week’s Big Fresh.
We consider ways teachers can reset routines and expectations early in the new year in this week’s Big Fresh.
We consider how literacy celebrations might be woven in the fabric of classroom and school life.
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