Introduce Reader Synthesis

Posted on September 12, 2016

At the beginning of the year, establish common literacy language with your students. In reading, explain the voices in a reader's head and demonstrate the six different comprehension thoughts readers generate. This video reveals a suggested lesson

Find Common Ground When Comparing Texts

Posted on February 17, 2016

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

Restate the Question in a Constructed Response

Posted on February 17, 2016

QUESTION: Do students have to restate the question when writing a constructed response? Teachers often provide an acronym to support this. Most of these approaches start with restating part of the question. Is it required on standardized assessments?

Take Some Grades From Literacy Station Products

Posted on February 17, 2016

Literacy stations are ideal opportunities to determine if students are mastering skills and strategies. But be careful not to be overrun with grading by trying to assess everything students produce.

Weave the What, Which, & Where into Textual Citations

Posted on November 23, 2015

Teaching students to cite details to support their inferences is not new. However, be sure your instruction includes more than just what the details are. Students also need to include which text and where in the text the deta

Annotate Multimodal Texts

Posted on November 23, 2015

Just like print text, fast–moving videos require students to annotate their thinking. However, the usual highlighters or sticky notes won't work with this atypical text. Instead, try one of these three resources.

Find Lower-Level Texts for Upper-Level Readers

Posted on October 20, 2015

It can be a challenge to find engaging texts for older students who read below grade level. Consider these strategies for connecting older students with high-interest, low readability text.

Strengthen the Organization of Nonfiction Notebooks

Posted on October 20, 2015

Regardless of the exact content, there are many ways to setup and organize a nonfiction notebook. Here are some pros and cons to consider in your selection.

Execute Mini-Lessons in 4 Steps

Posted on August 20, 2015

All whole-class reading and writing skills should be executed in mini-lessons. Identify a single, small skill to teach within each short, 10 to 15-minute lesson. Lessons should be short or “mini” because students don’t get better list

Introduce the 3 Phases of Close Reading to Students

Posted on August 17, 2015

To achieve a deeper understanding of authors' ideas, students will need to read complex texts multiple times. Introduce close reading by using concrete triggers for each phase.