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Reading Bingo

Every teacher understands the winter slump—the time of year when enthusiasm (both in students and teachers) wanes and established routines begin to feel mechanical and devoid of the life they...

Linking Evidence to Reading Response in First Grade

A group of first graders we work with is reading level M texts independently in late winter. Although the texts they’re ready and able to read have more complex ideas,...

Readers Want to Respond

My family and I were driving to a local bookstore when my son said, “I took an AR quiz today.” What?! I thought. I specifically asked his teachers not to...

The Power of Similes

Write a good simile for me. Go ahead; I’ll wait. Not so easy, right? You can come up with a bad simile in a minute or two or rattle off...

Reading The Crossover: Fourth-Grade Reading Group

Gigi McAllister leads a group of boys who are just starting the novel-in-verse The Crossover in her fourth-grade classroom.    

Evidence Claims in a Middle School Small Group

Christy Ruth-Levine leads a small group of eighth graders as they explore how to include textual evidence in their literary analysis essays.    

Readers’ Guides: Helping Students Think About Informational Text

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.5With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.  Teachers are often waging a small...

Hunting for Textual Evidence

“Do we have to put quotes in this essay?!” “What page is that quote about repeating the past on in Gatsby?” Finding textual evidence can be hard for students. Arming...

Teaching Tone: Deal Me In

Supply List for AP Literature: Sticky Notes Binder Composition Notebook Deck of Cards I’m sure that many of my students were surprised to see a deck of cards on their...

Fear of Reading

When I first start talking about the amount of independent reading we will be doing in class during the year, I expect some of the following reactions: some groans, some...

Cause and Effect: Conferring with Olivia

Christy Rush-Levine helps eighth grader Olivia deepen her understanding of cause and effect in this reading conference.    

Linking Pictures and Text: Conferring with Ava

Katrina Edwards begins her conference with first grader Ava by having her share what she learned from a picture walk through a simple text, and then she helps her use...

Four-Step Reading Conferences

Conferences with my middle school readers often went like this: I would pull up a chair alongside a reader, ask about the reader’s current book, and listen to the summary...

Student-Led Minilesson: Connecting Facts from Different Sources

Lucas leads a minilesson in Franki Sibberson’s fifth-grade class on connecting facts from different sources.  

History Through a Child’s Eyes: Conferring with Omar

Christy Rush-Levine confers with Omar, who is reading The Rock and the River. The book is a fictional account of a tumultuous time in civil rights history, considering protests through...

Russell Freedman Book Clubs

I love the idea of having all my students read the same book and discuss it. The shared interest and excitement that comes from having book clubs in the classroom...

Balancing Whole-Class and Independent Reading in Middle School

The choice between whole-class novels and independent reading can be a false one in many middle school classrooms. Katie Doherty’s sixth graders discuss their reading together of a novel in...

Expanding Black History Month Reading

It’s easy to tell when it’s Black History Month. Every classroom has a display of favorite read aloud books featuring African Americans. Children can look forward to hearing them during...

What Does It Mean to Read?

It was late fall, and I was sitting in our reading reflection circle listening to my students share their thinking with the group. “I read 35 pages,” said Luke. Not...

Reader Response as an Entry to Conferring

“How often do you confer with readers?” I get asked this question a lot. In fact, I work with a close friend of mine who, before I can answer that...

Reading Conference: Keeping Track of Characters

Christy Rush-Levine refers back to a previous reading response to help eighth grader Edith track changes in characters’ relationships in Room, the novel she is reading.