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Teaching Inferring with Picture Books Part III: Whole-Class Debrief

Following a read-aloud and small group discussion, I like to debrief with the class about each group's conversation. There is a level of accountability here. My students know they are...

Teaching Rereading During Class Read Alouds

I teach my 4th graders the power of rereading using the mentor text Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Coville. In this video, you can see we use rereading as...

Keeping the M

In an age of standardization, when even preschoolers are expected to perform flawlessly on literacy tests such as letter naming and recognition, it is important for early childhood teachers to...

Teaching Rereading Strategies Through Read Aloud Day 2

I teach my 4th graders the power of rereading using the mentor text Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Coville. In this video, you can see how we build on...

5th Grade Sentence Observation

This past summer, I spent a lot of time thinking about all the components of my writing workshop. I intended to make it a focus of study for myself throughout...

Picture Reading in First Grade

In this read-aloud lesson from Katie DiCesare's first-grade classroom, Katie demonstrates the importance of picture reading using the wordless picture book The Zoo by Suzy Lee.  

From Questions to Drafts

Aimee Buckner shares the mentor text Could You? Would You? with her 4th grade students. Aimee explains how questions are a springboard to interesting writing topics, and models connections she...

Book Matchmaker: Texts for “Outdoorsy” Boys

    I received this request from Carolyn: “Can we tackle the age-old problem of books that get ten-year-old boys jazzed about reading? I had many boys this past year...

Narrative Nonfiction in Fifth Grade, Part 1

In this lesson from a fifth-grade classroom, Aimee Buckner guides students in a notetaking process to help them understand the qualities of nonfiction narrative writing.      

From Cross Checking and Retelling to Main Ideas: Helping Advanced Readers Develop Skills

In this five-minute video, Gail Boushey confers with Amanda, a second-grade student reading at a fourth-grade level early in the school year. In the conference, Gail helps Amanda set a...

Moving into “Big Fat Chapter Books”: Conferring with Elyse

In this conference with seven-year-old Elyse, Joan Moser helps her set a reading goal that will help her move into “big fat chapter books.” In the debrief with Gail Boushey,...

Hooked on Series: Great Series Books for Transitional Readers

Most of us have memories of a series that we loved. When I was a child, I was hooked on Nancy Drew mysteries. My grandmother had every one of the...

Planning for K-3 Author Studies (eGUIDE)

“Planning for K-3 Author Studies” is an eGuide designed for use by teachers working alone or with partners. The guide includes grids for monthly and year-long plans, suggested authors and...

Designing Comprehension Constructors: Helping Adolescent Learners Develop Reading Strategies (E-GUIDE)

Comprehension instruction has value and lasting impact when teachers know how to design lessons, activities, and materials that match the needs of their students. Prefab worksheets or generic activities and...

Moving Beyond the Basics: Teaching Inferring to a Fluent Young Reader

In this conference, Gail Boushey (of “The Sisters”) confers with Brandon, a reader who is becoming fluent in his reading. Gail helps him understand the concept of inferring, and Brandon...

My Son Clark Kent

The day my son Alec was born I read him Jules Feiffer's Bark, George in the hospital. It was a gift from my cousin, who taught me the importance of daily reading...

Learning to Cross-Check: Conferring with Hailey

Joan Moser confers with five-year-old Hailey and helps her set a reading goal. Hailey reads a text, and Joan demonstrates how cross-checking can be a useful strategy for readers in...

Comprehending Graphic Novels: A Primer for Teachers

Some year ago I discovered a whole new "room" in the library, one I'd never visited before. Likewise, I have found shelves in the bookstore that I've only ever walked...

Understanding the “Silent Period” with English Language Learners

If you have a new English language learner in your class who is not speaking, don’t worry. According to language researcher Stephen Krashen, most new learners of English will go...

The Read-Around: Raising Writers

The read-around is the classroom equivalent to quilt making or barn raising. It is the public space — the zocolo or town square — of my room. During our read-arounds,...

Chapter Book Read Alouds in the Primary Classroom

“It will never work,” said Leela, a veteran kindergarten teacher with 25 years of experience. “They love the pictures. They all get up on their knees to see the pictures...