Support sophisticated Book Club Conversations by pairing a minilesson about building on conversation by Dana Murphy with an article about fostering cultural awareness by Gretchen Schroeder.
ARTICLE: Tara Barnett and Kate Mills start with the poem “Where I’m From” to build community through literacy at the start of the year. VIDEO: Katie Doherty leads her sixth-grade...
Gigi McAllister gives a brief explanation of how her thinking on goal setting has changed, as well as the ways in which she uses student goals to connect with parents. Max Brand shares strategies for helping parents talk with students.
Katherine Sokolowski shares a wall display from her fifth graders that students build to celebrate who they are and people they love from home. The reading is from Suzy Kaback, explaining the value of an "All About Us" board in classrooms.
Katie Doherty meets with her sixth-grade students who will be sharing their book recommendations to the class.
Katie Doherty talks about the links between strategy lessons and book club work in her sixth-grade classroom. Katie also sits in on a book club discussion.
Gretchen Taylor meets with three sixth graders for a small-group conference. She begins with information that she gathered from a Google Doc about their annotation process and supports their development of strategies to better understand the book, The Outsiders.
In this whole-group minilesson, sixth-grade teacher Katie Doherty uses the book Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge to have the students listen and chart their clues, schema and resulting inference.
Katie confers with two middle school students after the inferring minilesson as they practice the strategy by annotating and discussing inferences in their picture books.
In this video we see Katie Doherty's middle schoolers conducting book clubs in heterogeneous groups discussing books of their own choosing. Katie shares her successes and challenges with book clubs.
Katie Doherty explains the options for response as students finish their books in book clubs. She meets with the readers of Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell and discusses their plan for response.
Many students use a casual voice in formal writing. Christy Rush-Levine shares how to help student writers understand and develop a scholarly tone. Planning Resources Click here to download the...
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