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Gaining Ground: Reader Engagement

March 3, 2019

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In my last post about teaching ELA12 readers, I wrote, “I hope that the urge for the social connection that is so strong in teens will inspire them join the circle of people talking about books.” I am seeing some success!  After two weeks of seeing only a handful of students complete the Signpost assignment […]

Talking Circles For Assessment, Instruction, & Motivation in ELA12

February 16, 2019

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I hope that the urge for the social connection that is so strong in teens will inspire them join the circle of people talking about books.

Text Set For Argument Basics in ELA9

January 16, 2019

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What can we learn from exploring media about books on a social issue? What argument does the media make about the book? HOW? Are we persuaded to read the book?

As Your English Teacher, I Declare: A Villanelle

January 9, 2019

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You must read every day, Whatever books you will, There is nothing more to say.   Listen to what I say, though you be well or ill: You must read every day.   Though you wish to respond, “Nay,” You find yourself reading still: There is nothing more to say.   From the path you […]

Assessing Independent Reading

December 30, 2018

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In my last post, I discussed what I learned from spending time reading in the ways I ask my students to read for my classes. As I was writing, I began thinking about the ways I assess independent reading, so here’s a follow-up post about assessment. First of all, what am I assessing? I am […]

10 Books, 24 Hours: Winter Break Reading Challenge

December 29, 2018

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Today an article arrives in an email from Troy Hicks. It discusses a report about literacy instruction. It says, The brief stresses the responsibility of schools and educators to allocate more instructional time and resources to well-stocked classroom libraries and to preparing teachers to engage in ef­fective, interactive read-alouds. “Reading time needs to be a […]

Mindfulness & the Self-Care Toolbox

October 20, 2018

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We're doing this so we can calm down and learn better.