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We are Readers and Writers! Setting Up a Literacy-Rich Summer

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by Anna Gratz Cockerille

For many teachers and students, the summer months are a chance to change pace, to dig into projects of personal interest, and just…breathe. But for many kids, summer is also a time when learning grinds to a halt. Students in lower socio-economic households in particular have little opportunity to practice the academic skills that began to take root and gel by the end of the year. One particular area of well-documented summer decline is in reading. When students don’t read during the months of summer, the effects on their academic progress are disastrous. 

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Your Weekly Link Round-Up for July 11-17

11172016LRThese 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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Tips For Setting Up A Successful Classroom Environment For Summer Literacy Learning


Summer school offers a wonderful opportunity to deepen student comprehension of nonfiction texts and build knowledge across the curriculum.

The Comprehension Toolkit series from Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis guides your teachers and supports your students in an active literacy classroom that’s fun and effective—and it’s ideal for use in summer school settings. Here are some tips on setting up a successful classroom environment for summer literacy learning: (For more tips, and a free 49-page summer pacing guide, click here.)

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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for the Week of May 24–30


Welcome to the newest installment in our weekly link series on the Heinemann blog! Every week we find around five interesting links for you to take into your much deserved weekend. 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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In a timely piece from Edutopia, eighth-grade teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron offered tips to combat summer learning loss:

Research the based-on-books movies that are coming out during the summer months. Show trailers the last day of school (like when the kids from your first period are trapped in your classroom for three hours while promotion is going on elsewhere). Show these trailers and hand out a list of books that correspond to each. Challenge students to read the books before seeing the movies.

Click through to read "Avoiding the Summer Slide in Reading and Writing."

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Kristi Mraz and Marjorie Martinelli wrote a review of Jen Serravallo's The Reading Strategies Bookusing the classic post-cyberpunk film The Matrix as an extended metaphor:

For many, “seeing the matrix” has become shorthand for suddenly understanding an underlying principal that had seemed magical, or in more common vernacular, for finally “getting it.” Now we have Jennifer Serravallo’s new book, The Reading Strategies Book to demystify what makes for powerful reading instruction, and make “the matrix” of teaching reading accessible to us all.

Click through to read the full review at the official Chartchums web site.

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Continuing the summer reading thread, Cathy Mere wrote about how to offer additional literacy support during those three months without school:

To help parents to hear about new book titles, ways to keep their children reading across the summer, and to share other information, I invited parents to school to hear more about summer reading. The ELL teacher and our media specialist jumped in to help. We offered two different times for parents in hopes of making it possible for more parents to attend. Key discussion topics included:  getting kids excited about summer reading, places to find books, ways to connect with other readers, using our reading website for updated information across the summer and strategies for supporting young readers.

Click through to read "Getting Students Ready for Summer Reading" at Reflect & Refine.

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On her blog, Renee Dinnerstein asked, "What will the children remember?" She contacted former students and many of them responded with a vivid memory:

Sara (kindergarten, 1996)
I remember looking at meal worms. We had a big tank with a bunch of bugs and we could pick them up with tweezers if we wanted to. I also remember days when I would choose something like puzzles at Choice Time because I thought I wanted to do something quiet by myself, but then I’d be bored halfway through and regret my decision. It was always better to choose the ‘special activity’ or the one all your friends chose.

Click through to read the rest of the recollections.

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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. Cheers to you!