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Lifting the Level of Your Character Work in Reading and Writing About Reading

Readers who read strictly for plot nearly always remain stuck in literal interpretations of text, and typically struggle with more complex reading skills.  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Jan 8, 2018 5:50:47 PM

Curiosity and Questioning in the Classroom, K-5

A study written up by the Association for Psychological Science on factors that affect learning. Which traits help students to do well in school?  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Dec 19, 2017 9:48:01 AM

Helping Kids Dig Deep & Fly High in Graphic Novels, 2-8

Think of the possibilities as graphic novels provide readers who might not be able to tackle higher-levels of text an inroad for high-level thinking work.  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Dec 13, 2017 12:48:13 AM

Get Your Students to Write Well About Information and Topics They Care About in the World, 1-3

Information writing is one of those topics that can seem, on the outset, rather dull. It doesn't have to be that way. Here's how.  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Dec 5, 2017 11:18:42 AM

Looking Ahead to the ELA Exams: What We Have Already Mastered & Developing Next Steps, 3-8

There are two key considerations when planning a curriculum that supports success with ELA exams: time and level of text complexity.  (continue reading)
Brett Whitmarsh Nov 28, 2017 9:14:40 AM

Developing Robust If...Then... Units in Reading, K-5

This is part of the beauty of the Units of Study: the specificity and precision of the Unit books juxtaposed with the flexibility of the If…Then…Curriculum book.  (continue reading)
Brett Whitmarsh Nov 14, 2017 2:00:44 PM

Ways to Support All Readers in Our Classrooms K-8

The kinds of readers that enter our classrooms are vast. Some read voraciously, and benefit from help tailoring reading plans to push their thinking to more nuanced levels. Some slog through books, wi  (continue reading)
Brett Whitmarsh Oct 31, 2017 12:01:51 AM

How to Plan for Book Clubs in Middle School

How to Plan for Book Clubs in Middle School  (continue reading)
Ashley Puffer Oct 17, 2017 4:37:35 AM

Tools Don't Teach, Teachers Do! Using Tools to Support Our Teaching & Teach to Independence

Building a strong workshop practice is similar to building a house. Doing it successfully takes the right tools.  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Oct 16, 2017 4:23:56 PM

Teaching Middle School Reading Units of Study: Tips from the Authors

Teachers of middle school reading have their own, unique set of challenges. Some of these hopes for middle school readers might resonate with you:  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Oct 10, 2017 5:00:13 PM

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