Category Archive: IRA

Creative Writing is Not Hot

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Each year for the past nineteen years, the International Reading Association has published a list of What’s Hot and What’s Not in literacy education in their magazine, Reading Today. The list is based on… Continue reading

Reading Aloud Builds Better Writers

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I’m consulting in a local school today where I’ve been working with the staff since August rolling-out interactive read aloud.  Every two months the interactive read aloud text set reflects a particular social… Continue reading

Interactive Charts

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Taking Kristi Mraz‘s chart-making course at the July Writing Institute was so helpful to me.  Kristi really got me thinking about having a take away item (made with a post-it note) that you… Continue reading

Follow the Dialogue

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Tomorrow morning in Reading Workshop, I’ll be teaching a lesson with the following teaching point: Readers keep track of who is speaking in a text, regardless of whether or not there are dialogue… Continue reading

The Keys to Effective Instruction

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Barbara J. Walker, President of the International Reading Association, wrote an open letter to President Obama in the February/March 2009 Issue of Reading Today, which I received in yesterday’s mail.  Points four and… Continue reading

Where do they stand?

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I’ve blogged a bit about the upcoming election. Tonight’s final Presidential Debate will most likely focus on the economy (Rightfully so considering the DJII’s 733 point drop, the fact that people are losing… Continue reading

Article About Characters Who Write

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I just received the September 2008 Issue of The Reading Teacher. It’s already accumulating sticky notes, tabs, and dog-ears since it’s packed with a wealth of information. There’s an article I highly suggest… Continue reading

My Book List Page Is FINALLY Complete!

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I decided to transfer my old, messy, and incomplete book list that I kept on my Wiki to a GooglePages Website. I think I managed to record every single book I read aloud… Continue reading

We’re going to Manhattan today!

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Not literally, but I’m transporting my kids there through read alouds and through a PowerPoint Presentation I created of various neighborhoods and landmarks in Manhattan. The books we’re reading today, as part of… Continue reading

SOLSC: Crying in Front of My Class

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My copy of Number the Stars Originally uploaded by teachergal I cried in front of my class today. And no, they didn’t torture me or each other to the point of tears. (Remember,… Continue reading

What scene has bothered you the most in the book?

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The Soldiers Are Everywhere Originally uploaded by teachergal We’re reading Number the Stars in Interactive Read Aloud right now. The kids love the book, even though they’re disgusted with the way the Nazis… Continue reading

Poetry Pass in Interactive Read Aloud

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We did a Poetry Pass for the first time during Interactive Read Aloud yesterday. I wanted to do it so that I could get the kids writing about a ‘heavy’ poem I presented… Continue reading

Writing About Reading: It’s Time to Kick It Up A Notch (or two)

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Jacquie McTaggart published an article in Reading Today‘s April/May 2008 Issue entitled “Appeal to Students’ Pride with Online Book Reviews.” This was a timely article for me since I just put together the… Continue reading

Closing the Summer Writing Gap????

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Linda B. Gambrell, President of the International Reading Association, has a great column in the April/May 2008 Issue entitled “Closing the summer reading gap: You can make a difference!” It’s a great column… Continue reading

Student Resources on ReadWriteThink

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One of my students contacted me yesterday asking for things to do online because she was bored. Hence, I found some great student resources over at ReadWriteThink that I shared with her. There… Continue reading

Voice/Silence — Poetry Friday

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Staying with the voice/silence theme my class has begun to think about during our Interactive Read Alouds, I give you this poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller on the first Poetry Friday of National… Continue reading

Of course you can write!

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My kids returned from lunch and recess looking like they were ready for a discussion, not a read aloud aloud. However, it was time for Interactive Read Aloud and we were supposed to… Continue reading

Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: #31

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I heard the clicking of heels on the hallway floor. The clicking was getting closer. It was Kate. She had come to talk about our upcoming Voice/Silence Interactive Read Aloud Text Set, for… Continue reading

Reading Photographs Helps Students Write Better

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I just got around to perusing the Feb/Mar 2008 Issue of Reading Today this afternoon. Tucked away on page 46 I found an article entitled “‘Reading’ photographs can lead students to better writing,”… Continue reading

Family Tree Book

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Tomorrow’s Interactive Read Aloud includes Alan Say’s Book Grandfather’s Journey. Since our IRA Theme for the past two months has been immigration, I thought it would be nice to end out the unit… Continue reading