Monthly Archives: October 2010

Wonderful Read Alouds

“A lot of strange things can happen while you’re writing a story. You can start thinking your characters are real and begin to talk to them. You can feel nervous when they’re trapped, or excited when they’re rescued, or happy … Continue reading

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The Top Ten List is In!

Every few months I have students vote on a top ten list of favorite books for the class.  I picked this up from a few of my colleagues a couple of years ago.  Students are in charge of collecting the … Continue reading

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Beyond-the-Book Inquiry in Reader’s Workshop

The other day I used the book The Composition by Antonio Skarmeta to teach a reading strategies lesson. This is a gripping story about a boy who is living under a dictatorship and is asked by the government to write … Continue reading

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Varying Genres in Strategy Instruction

I posted earlier about how I’m working to assist my students in reading a wide variety of genres during independent reading. I have also been reflecting on how I use this same variation in my reading strategy instruction. Although I … Continue reading

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What Makes a Great Memoir?

This was the question I asked my students when we started our memoir unit earlier this month.  I’ve learned a lot about teaching writing in the last few years, but the most important lesson I’ve internalized is to flood the … Continue reading

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