Category Archives: English/Language Arts

The Fiction-Driven Classroom… Guilty as Charged? Creating Successful Nonfiction Writers

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One of those things teachers have to think about today—that maybe they didn’t so much before—is the difference between fiction and nonfiction. Unless you’re a teacher and responsible for meeting the standards, you might think “It’s all reading, so it’s … Continue reading

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8 Terrific Reasons to Teach with Children’s Literature—in Every Subject Area

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could wave a magic wand and turn every student into a lifelong reader? Unfortunately, there is no one approach or program that will get every child to read and enjoy it. However, if you … Continue reading

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Building Literacy Skills: If You Don’t, Who Will?

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Do you have students in grades 6–12 who rarely read for fun? Don’t feel bad. You’re not alone. According to the nonprofit Common Sense Media, there has been a clear decline over time in the number of students who do. … Continue reading

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Common Core Reading: Are You Doing All the Work?

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Do your young readers struggle with asking and answering questions about text? Do they find it difficult to find textual support for their answers? If you ask how a question about a book, do they sometimes shrug their shoulders and … Continue reading

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Guided Writing – Organizing Writing & Text Types

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By Laureen Reynolds, SDE Educational Consultant I certainly hope you all enjoyed a bit of Teacher Appreciation Day/Week. You deserve it! As the year winds down for some of you it is easy to let our routines and daily instruction wind … Continue reading

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