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You’ve found Choice Literacy, the home on the web for teachers who lead.

We are literacy coaches, teachers, and school leaders with experience in dozens of diverse classrooms. This site presents the best of the tools, guides, literacy lessons, and sage advice we’ve gathered and tucked away as we’ve worked together over the years, as well as our latest thinking on topics like standards and digital tools.

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Our articles and videos feature full-time teachers and literacy leaders who spend every day in classrooms. Our contributors are listening and looking hard for those spontaneous teachable moments when they can move a child forward as a reader and writer.

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We don't recommend packaged or scripted programs. We advocate for every teacher as an expert professional in the classroom. We believe students should have a choice and voice in what they read and write, so that they can become thoughtful, outspoken citizens as well as lifelong readers and writers.

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A Variety of Share Sessions

Ruth Ayres catalogs her favorite types of share sessions (from old favorites to creative innovations) in writing workshops.

First-Grade Conference: Stretching Writing

Katrina Edwards helps her adorable first-grade student Dylan stretch out his writing. He adds details by first talking about playing with friends near his home.

Planning for Small-Group Word Study

Stephanie Affinito offers five guiding principles and a template for planning small-group word study.

Planning for a Narrative Writing Unit of Study

Franki Sibberson believes planning a unit of study should be just as much fun as planning a trip to Disney World. She explains her planning process for one of her first units of study, on narrative writing.

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