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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for March 27–April 2


These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!

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Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts released the first video in their DIY Literacy Series. In this week's episode, they take on the first submitted problem: "Writers aren't using much punctuation as they write. They struggle to use punctuation correctly."

Click here to watch the video

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We're excited to say that Jennifer Serravallo's The Reading Strategies Book is now #6 on the New York Times's Education Best Sellers List! We're just very excited.

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Author Dana Johansen detailed how she'll celebrate National Poetry Month (starting Friday, April 1!) in her classroom:

I make my desk groups into poetry cafe tables by adding small lamps to each group and fake flowers in place vases. I created an awning for my classroom door that says “Les Deux Magots” just like the famous French poetry cafe. This awning serves as a great topic of conversation because my students are not used to seeing French words in our classroom and they are very curious about the word “Magots” on the sign.

Click here to read the full post

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Author Thomas Newkirk has an article in the newest Language Arts from NCTE. The issue's theme is "Common Core or Rotten Core? Part II."

Abstract: While the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in ELA were welcomed by many progressive educators, their implementation has raised serious questions of viability. This review looks specifically at two key features of the reading standards-the focus on “text dependent”  questions and the benchmarks for “text complexity.” It is argued that text dependency, with its limiting focus on “the text itself, fails to account for the transaction between reader and text. The higher standards for text complexity were created in the belief that the difficulty of texts in elementary schools has declined in recent decades, a claim disputed by reading experts. The review concludes that there is little empirical evidence that the proposed dramatic increases in text complexity are warranted or even possible.

Click through to read the full article (PDF)

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That's it! Be sure to check back next week for another round of links. If you have a link or a blog, be sure to mention them in the comments below. You can also email them to us or tweet at us. We're pretty available over here. Cheers to your weekend!

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Topics: Video, DIY Literacy, education, Education Policy, Heinemann, Link Round-Up, The Reading Strategies Book, Tom Newkirk, Common Core, Dana Johansen, Jennifer Serravallo, Kate Roberts, Kristin Ziemke, language arts, Maggie Beattie Roberts, NCTE

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