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Tips for Creating Shared-Writing Texts Online

Let’s face it: When we work with emergent readers online, it is hard to get enough texts into their hands. Yes, we can use online texts from Rivet.com or other...

Class Books Build Readers, Writers, and Community

During morning arrival a student came up to me and shared that her family had gotten a new cat over the weekend. I responded with the excitement that a new...

Rethinking “Finding” the Central Idea

I have often told my students that teachers don’t always have all the answers and that sometimes when teachers listen to students, we become the learners. When I told my students...

One Text. One Conversation. Many Possibilities.

It’s generally accepted that classroom discussion is an effective strategy for building comprehension and improving student achievement overall. But how it should occur around text is debatable. Guided reading? Yes,...

Digital Reading Strategies

As we encounter more digital texts, we must consider the reading strategies needed to understand them. In this session, participants will reflect on their own reading lives and identities as...

Extending Invitations in Workshop: Ways to Empower Student Choice

“All right, readers, it’s almost time to find your reading spot. Today you might try this work in your reading notebook. Perhaps you’ll set up a page to study one...

Digital Reading Strategies

I’ve tiptoed around using digital texts in my classroom, yet I read information digitally all the time—blogs, websites, and tweets. I tend to read more books on my e-reader than...

Online Routines to Create Energetic Reading Communities

A weekly biography exploration, celebrated as Meet Someone New Monday, is filled with reading experiences that my fourth graders and I cherish. Meet Someone New Monday means sharing success stories...

Guided Reading in a First-Grade Group

Melissa Atwood leads a first-grade guided reading group. This is the second video in a two-part series.

Book Series Joy

Years ago I was inspired by Katie DeCesare’s article “Primary Series Study” to introduce my first graders to book series. I used her article to guide this mini-unit of study...

Guided Reading in First Grade: Blends

Melissa Atwood leads a first-grade guided reading group. The focus at the start of the lesson is on blends in words. This is the first video in a two-part series.

Interactive Read Aloud in Second Grade

Jen Court completes an interactive read aloud in a second-grade classroom.

Digital Interactive Read Alouds

Something we’ve been trying with teachers in the last few months is digital interactive read alouds. During the digital read aloud, we watch a short film with students and use...

Guided Reading Part 1: Previewing and Skills

This is the first guided reading group in September for Cheryl Miller. She begins the lesson by previewing the book and reminding students of the skills they are working on....

Preparing for Book Club Discussions

“When do we start book clubs?” “Who’s in my book club?” Book clubs are a much anticipated and loved part of our literacy curriculum. Most of our kids love the...

Using Picture Books for Rhetorical Analysis

It was ninth period, the end of the day, but the energy in the room was running high. Twelve 11th graders were sitting in a circle, each clutching a picture...

Response to Read Aloud

Tammy Mulligan enhances the quality of the class read aloud and student discussions with the use of a whole-class response notebook.  Franki Sibberson shares how she integrates student choice and...

Flipping Literature Discussions

One of my fondest memories of literature classes in college is of our sitting in a circle and working through a difficult poem as a group, discussing and making meaning...

Lessons and Minilessons: What’s the Difference?

What is the difference between a lesson and a mini lesson? Minilessons are responsive to students by design. They can be planned for many purposes, to meet a variety of...

Varying Workshop Structures to Meet Student Needs

I just feel like I have so many students who need help. I end up sitting with just a few students and never see the rest.  There’s never time for...

First Grade Minilesson: Connections

Melissa Atwood leads her first-grade class with a minilesson early in the school year on making connections to text.