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First Grade Guided Writing Group: Goldilocks and the Three Writers

Katie DiCesare leads a guided writing group in her first-grade classroom. Click here to download the workshop guide. COMMON CORE CONNECTIONS: L.1.4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and...

Noticing Interesting Words: Small-Group Vocabulary Lesson

In this brief video, Gail Boushey (of “The Sisters”) leads a small-group lesson on vocabulary. In the debrief following the lesson, Gail talks with Joan Moser about vocabulary instruction, and...

Introverts and Reading Share Sessions

In this brief video from a reading share session in first grade, Katie DiCesare has three students describe strategies they used during reading workshop.

Analyzing Poetry in Third Grade

Leslie Lloyd's third graders analyze literal and figurative language (which they describe as “nonliteral”) in Donald Graves's poem "Bully."

Teaching Stamina Strategies to First Graders

Tammy Mulligan works with two seven-year-olds to teach them strategies for building reading stamina.

Conferring, Illustrations, and Emotion in Young Learners

Ruth Ayres confers with second grader Max about the story of his lost dog, and uses a mentor text to demonstrate the power of two-page spreads. Click here to download...

Inferring and Synthesis: Conferring Over Series Books

Beth Lawson shows how to get the most from a conference about series books in third grade. Inferring and synthesis are discussed, as well as the use of written notes for making meaning from texts.

Building a Writing Community in Middle School

In this 12-minute video, Katie Doherty leads her sixth-grade students as they try the prompt "I am the one who . . ." during writing workshop. This is an excellent activity for building classroom community.

Concepts of Print in Kindergarten: Small Group

Clare Landrigan leads a "quick and frequent" small group that integrates phonemic-awareness activities with assessment.

Prompting and Support

Mandy Robek demonstrates the strategies of teach, prompt, and reinforce when conferring with kindergartner Jeri.

Conferring with Zack

Beth Honeycutt confers with eighth grader Zack about his latest reading choice.

Middle School Book Recommendations

Katie Doherty meets with her sixth-grade students who will be sharing their book recommendations to the class.

Nonfiction Displays

In this five-minute video room tour, 4th grade teacher Andrea Smith from Dublin, Ohio shows how she builds a classroom community and much of her literacy curriculum from the care and study of unusual pets.

Assessing Learning in Middle School Book Clubs

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.

Picking a Partner: Demonstration Lesson and Debrief

In this demonstration lesson from a K-2 classroom, Joan Moser leads students through guided practice in picking a partner.

Fourth-Grade Small Group: Writing Paragraphs

In this seven-minute video, Aimee Buckner uses a mentor text to demonstrate how writers construct lively nonfiction paragraphs. The small group has been pulled together because the students need more practice in adding details to their writing.

Guiding Reading Partners: Work on Accuracy

Linda Karamatic works with two readers who are going to read the same book and support each other with the use of accuracy strategies.

Listen In: Magnifying a Moment in Writing

Sometimes using a prop can help young students understand a revision strategy. Heather Rader helps second grader Sammi understand how to "magnify" a moment when revising her writing.

Writing a Strong Ending

Tony Keefer confers with Tommy about writing a strong ending for his piece.

Linking Movement, Minds, and Literacy

Max Brand demonstrates and explains how movement activities in classrooms with young learners can be much more than a brain break or "getting the wiggles out.” Movement can forge potent connections between mind, body, and story.

Conferring with Sebastian: Independent Reading in First Grade

Katie DiCesare confers with first grader Sebastian. Sebastian is an early reader who loves characters and adventure. Katie helps Sebastian prepare to talk with his peers about a new series he is enjoying.

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