Choice Lit Topic: Conferring
The teachable moment is what we live for – is there anything more magic than reaching a reader or writer with exactly the right words at exactly the right time? We’ve bottled some of that magic in the resources that follow, with print guidelines and scores of video examples from master teachers.
Katie DiCesare works with a first grader on the strategy of rereading one’s writing to address conventions and revise the title and ending.
Beth Lawson confers with a fourth grader about her “about the author” blurb, a great chance to learn more about students’ home passions.
Katie DiCesare confers with first grader Jude about the humor in his underpants “hero” writing.
Ruth Ayres confers with Bode about the difference between personal narratives and memoirs, and the value of mining the writing journal for topics.
In this brief conference, Aimee Buckner confers with Amanda about her fluency and comprehension.
Ruth Ayres confers with a third grader who is preparing to add illustrations to her story. The mentor text she uses is The Pain and the Great One.
Tony Keefer confers with Sydney about revising her piece.
Ruth Ayres shares a visual organizing scheme with Allie for organizing her personal narrative writing.
Aimee Buckner helps fourth grader Isaiah focus his reading early in the year in this quick conference. Isaiah is reading Morning Girl by Michael Dorris.
Ruth Ayres confers with Wesley about his memoir writing on his time in the Boy Scouts.
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Ruth Ayres confers with five-year-old Abby about her apple illustration early in the school year.
Katie Baydo Reed confers with an eighth-grade student, giving advice about which books are appropriate for home reading, and moving between fiction and nonfiction texts.
Ruth Ayres confers with fourth grader Braden about the value of cover art in conveying ideas from his story about a road trip.
Sean Moore confers with second grader Teague, encouraging him to sketch as he reads.
Karen Terlecky confers with fifth grader Alex about making wise choices during independent reading time.
Ruth Ayres confers with Alexis over her story on visiting the doctor for a shot. They talk about illustrations and labeling.
Sean Moore confers with Mikhail about his reading and strategies for highlighting new vocabulary.
Ruth Ayres confers with second grader Max about the story of his lost dog, and uses a mentor text to demonstrate the power of two-page spreads.
In this conference with a 4th grader, Beth Lawson works with a student who has chosen a challenging essay topic and is struggling to develop his thesis.
Aimee Buckner confers with fourth grader Samantha about reading a series and tackling challenging vocabulary at the same time in this brief video.