Time for another Link Round-Up!
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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At the My Lucky Stars Teaching blog, a fabulous post about Reading Nonfiction:
We anxiously awaited the nonfiction version from Beers and Probst which arrived mid second quarter. A small group of us participated in a book study and were anxious to get started with our students. I loved the 3 "Big Questions" that were presented and thought this was a wonderful starting point with my students. I introduced one per day while working through several short nonfiction pieces with the students to explain the concepts. I was looking for a way to make my social studies units more meaningful (and fun) for students, so I got right into changing everything up.
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Kylene Beers discussed whether there is value in the whole class novel on her blog:
There really isn’t a clear-cut, gold-standard answer because so many things interfere in the research that might answer this question. Primarily, answering this question means we all share the same vision of what it means to be a better reader. For some, “better” means more engaged. For others, it means one is able to read at a higher Lexile level. For even others, it means one is better able to support thoughts with evidence from the text. “Better” is in the eye of the beholder. So, the research study that compares how kids respond to interest surveys about reading when reading a whole-group novel versus kids reading self-selected books yields different findings than kids who are tested on something such as vocabulary development.
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Anna Gratz Cockerille wrote about research in writing as it relates to a new and exciting project:
I’m currently helping my husband, James, with a book project. It is an exciting venture. It’s based on the story of Charles Moore, a gold medalist in the 1952 Olympics whose career focus has been corporate turnarounds and philanthropy. Charlie, who has become a family friend, spent months writing his stories. He then passed them to James, who was charged with extracting the universal lessons and theories that would make them all add up to something, the kind of book that (we hope) lots of people might want to read.
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— Julie Kreiss (@jskreiss) April 12, 2016
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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!