Master the 10 Anchor Reading Standards with a Cheat Sheet

Posted on August 20, 2017

To truly root reading comprehension instruction in the standards, beware of identifying a text first and then trying to figure out the standards that could be taught with it.

Compare a Book to its Movie Version

Posted on April 18, 2017

While we may be guilty of showing students an entire movie after finishing a book, let's consider a more powerful option for using this multimodal text. Instead, provide the same opportunity to make comparisons with movie clips while reading

Introduce the Reading Voice & Thinking Voice

Posted on April 18, 2017

As the school year begins, many teachers take time to explicitly introduce to students the voices in a reader's head. (For those unfamiliar with the Smekens' version of Reading Voice and Thinking Voice.

Summary Writing Parallels ESPN SportsCenter

Posted on April 18, 2017

A summary is going to be a little more general than a retelling. It's not the main idea, but it's significantly shorter than a retelling. It's much more general. But how do you get kids to write a summary?

Increase Test Success with Academic Vocabulary

Posted on April 18, 2017

Prepare students for complex words on standardized tests. Phrases like "evaluate relevant evidence" or "interpret the unifying theme." If they don't understand the question, they canít answer it.

Plan & Ask Text-Dependent Questions

Posted on April 18, 2017

To teach the K‐12 college and career‐ready standards in reading comprehension, we have to make sure that we're asking the right questions about the texts we're assigning.

Starting Literacy Stations

Posted on April 18, 2017

Although the notion of literacy stations is for students to practice independently, you'll want to first introduce them to a station they can all practice at the same time. For this, use the Classroom Library station (a.k.a. independent reading).

Generate Narratives in Response to Reading

Posted on April 18, 2017

The writing portions of standardized assessments are now all rooted in reading. No longer are students asked to write about finding a secret door in the classroom or to think of an embarrassing moment that happened in their lives.

Introducing Fluency to Students

Posted on April 18, 2017

Even if students can decode words in their reading, that doesn't mean they will comprehend what they read. Reading expert Tim Rasinski is right. Fluency is the secret ingredient to comprehension.

Find Common Ground When Comparing Texts

Posted on April 17, 2017

The secret to comparing two texts is to find common ground. However, categories of comparison vary depending on the text types in question.