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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

September 1, 2016

The Explanation Game Visible Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

In January, I began an ongoing monthly post describing a “thinking routine” Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding and Independence for All Learners by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison. If you are already familiar with previous posts discussing the book, scroll down to the Thinking Routine of the Month. If this is your first time seeing the posts on this topic, here is what you missed.

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CL Teaching Strategies DOK & Bloom's

July 13, 2016

Using Webb's DOK and Bloom's Taxonomy During Teacher/Student Conferences and Small Group Work

In a previous post, I have shared how I incorporate the DOK and Revised Bloom's Taxonomy into my 'shared reading lesson plans' and my 'unit plans.' In this post, I will provide examples and teaching strategies for utilizing the DOK and Revised Bloom's Taxonomy within student conferences and small group work.

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July 21, 2015

Components of Balanced Literacy and Strategies for the Classroom

The methodology that I use to teach reading is "Balanced Literacy." Many of my blog posts I will refer to "Balanced Literacy" as I share units, lessons, and activities.

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CL Teaching Strategies DOK & Bloom's, CL Teaching Strategies Charts & Org

August 12, 2014

Using Webb's DOK and Bloom's Taxonomy within Shared Reading & Reading Units

Last month, in my article about using the DOK and Bloom's Taxonomy within Balanced Literacy, I tried to provide the technical terms and explanations of each framework. Today I'm sharing a cheat sheet I like to share with colleagues to help them break down DOK and Bloom's learning objectives. I encourage all the literacy specialists and ELA teachers I work with to use this resource when planning out lessons and Shared Reading.

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July 25, 2014

Connecting the Common Core Standards with Webb’s Depth of Knowledge & Bloom’s Taxonomy

In preparation for the Common Core State Standards I did a lot of research, and I started with the CCSS website.  I found this overview of the CCSS to be very important... 

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July 21, 2014

Welcome to the Core Literacy Blog

Welcome to my blog! I'm Erin Lynch, and I have been teaching for the past 15 years. These last 7 years, I have been the literacy specialist in my school with a focus on grades 3-5. Previously, I was a classroom teacher in grades 1-4, and had the opportunity to loop my first grade students into second grade. These students were my flower girls and boys when I got married, so being able to spend an extra year with them was a wonderful experience both personally and academically. Currently, I also serve as my school's learning facilitator.

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