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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.

Picture Books for Persona Poems

It was a Tuesday evening, and I was trying to get some writing done as I sat in the back of my daughter’s dance class. I had my notebook propped...

Interpretation and Comprehension

Teaching comprehension can be overwhelming. It seems as if there are so many skills for kids to learn and there’s so much jargon: drawing conclusions, determining the main ideas, putting...

First-Grade Guided Group: Reading Practice and Recap

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

First Graded Guided Group: Chunking Words

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

Exploring Author’s Craft in Graphic Novels

I have noticed that my eighth graders can easily be divided into two groups: those who read graphic novels and those who don’t. In fact, these categories also work for...

30-Second Pair Share

Sean Moore leads his second graders in a quick pair-share to help everyone reflect on what they learned during independent reading.  

Reading Mats Build Confidence

There have been times in my life when I wasn’t confident—when I first learned to drive a stick shift, when I started a new job, or when I carried my...

It’s All in the Details

Details matter. Look for them. Collect them. Notice repetition. Notice patterns. Ask questions. If an author includes it, it serves a purpose. This is advice we give to our seventh-grade...