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Close Reading Lesson: Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya

Close reading is when a reader analyzes the details of a text to make interpretations and develop a deep understanding of the passage. Often the reader uses a short text and rereads the passage several times focusing on a different literary element with each read... Continue Reading

January 16, 2018

Super Bowl Commercials! Persuasive Writing Lesson for Grades 5+

The day after the Super Bowl, many of my students are tired from staying up to watch the big game, so I try to make my lessons for that day to be as interesting as possible in order to keep them engaged. One Super Bowl lesson plan that has always been a winner is a lesson on “Persuasive Writing Techniques in Advertising.” I created this Super Bowl lesson plan for grade 5 students, but you can adapt it for other grade levels!

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January 9, 2018

Model Close Reading Annotation Using "I Have a Dream" by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Every year in January, I take time to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with students by: reading about his life, listening to his speeches, and discussing his message. I am always amazed after teaching about MLK for over 18 years, that I still learn something new or that I am inspired in some new way by his words. Today I am sharing with you how I work on the critical close reading concept of annotating a text using Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

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January 4, 2018

Teach Sequence of Events– Free Sequencing Worksheets for Kindergarten and Grade 1

Sequencing is the skill that is used when a reader lists the events of a story in the order that they occurred in, from first to last. For a student to fully comprehend a story he or she must be able to organize the events of the story in sequential order. Sequencing of events allows a reader to properly retell a story, which in turn enables a listener to visualize what happened in the text.

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December 27, 2017

Free Printable New Year Activities for Students, Grades 1–5

The beginning of a New Year is a great time for reflecting and goal setting. Taking time to “reflect” on their experiences of the previous year gives students one way for students to learn from the past, as well as an opportunity to move forward and plan for the future. I have also found “goal setting” to be a good way to motivate my students to take ownership of their learning. Below are three printable New Year activities for students in grades 1–5.

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December 19, 2017

The Purposes for Multiple Reads in Close Reading Lessons

Having your students do multiple reads of a text (that is, re-reading more closely with a specific purpose for each read) is an excellent way to deepen their understanding of the meaning of text!

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December 9, 2017

Fun Winter Holiday Writing Activities Elementary Students Will Love

 Two of my favorite books to read in December are The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg and The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth. I love to use these books not only because children adore them, but also because my students are usually familiar with both of them. This familiarity allows me to do more extension activities, rather than focusing only on comprehension. When children are already comfortable with a book’s storyline and have a good understanding of it, I like to focus on writing activities that use the text. Both of these books are great mentor texts for creative writing.

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