Using the Efficient “Take a Stand” Strategy to Hook Kids into a Reading

Let me just start out with this: Erica Beaton (of b10lovesbooks.wordpress.com / #seekthebalance / my nextdoor teacher neighbor fame) introduced me to this strategy (her version is much more sophisticated — see her explanation in the comments), and I’ve also seen something like it accredited to George Hillocks in Michael Smith, Deborah Appleman’s, and Jeffrey Wilhelm’s book [...]

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Here’s What I Know about Reading for Meaning Statements

If you used any of the articles of the week I posted this year (just to be clear, Kelly Gallagher is the originator of the Article of the Week strategy), you definitely noticed some changes to the format. I’ve written elsewhere about why I use Graff/Birkenstein’s They Say / I Say strategy with AoWs (here and here), [...]

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Moving Forward with Close Reading

Yesterday, I wrote an obituary to close reading. This grew out of a delightful professional development session I led with a group of teachers in Louisville, KY. (It was delightful, mind you, because of the audience, not the presenter!) During the training, in which we worked through the non-freaked out approach to Common Core literacy, it hit me: the [...]

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