Category Archive: reading workshop

Reading & Writing Connections: Getting to Know a Character on the Outside and the Inside

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“Writers,” Ali said as she leaned in close to teach her second graders, “I’ve got an important tip for you about your realistic fiction characters. You’ve done such a great job describing what they are… Continue reading

Writing about reading: offering students choice in reading responses

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When I first began teaching, Nancie Atwell’s In The Middle was my go to PD book for all things to do with reading and writing workshop.  I modeled so many of my teaching… Continue reading

Investing in Reading Lives {Nerdy Book Club Guest Post}

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I’m so excited to be guest posting at The Nerdy Book Club today. Here’s the start and then head over there to read the rest. “Mom, I’ve decided to start a reading club,”… Continue reading

Digital Text Bins

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I learned about digital text bins when I took Maggie Beattie Roberts’s session “Tap the Power of Technology and Media to Teach Higher Level Comprehension” at this past summer’s Reading Institute.  Now that… Continue reading

Fall Into Books with Your Students This Fall

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Up until last week, if you had asked me what book I’d recommend you read to your students to get them excited about Reading Workshop (Yes, Reading Workshop.  I know, I know, this… Continue reading

New York Times Article about Reading Workshop

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Mindy Hoffar, leader of the All-Write Consortium, sent this article to coaches.  The article opens a discussion of teaching according to the reading workshop philosophy versus the “canon” of assigned texts.  Although, perhaps the… Continue reading

My Life as a Reader.

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The first unit of study is coming to a close.  The summative assessment is two part.  First, students are to create a multimedia presentation (text + image + audio) of their past, present,… Continue reading

NCTE: Reading Assessment.

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While at NCTE, I listened to Patrick Allen, Franki Sibberson, and colleagues discuss reading assessment.  Here are some highlights: One assessment isn’t better than another and none can stand alone.  We need a… Continue reading

Sundays are for chart-making.

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Prompts for Writing About Reading Originally uploaded by teachergal I’ve been cranking-out charts for the past hour or so: News & Announcements Charts, as well as strategy charts. Just thought I’d post a… Continue reading

I Can…

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As promised, I’m going to be blogging about a variety of sessions I attended at NCTE this past weekend. Some sessions dealt with the teaching of writing, while others dealt with 21st Century… 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

Document Camera

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The Reading Zone posed some questions (on her blog) about how other teachers use document cameras in the classroom. Since the document camera I was fortunate to have was bestowed upon my room… Continue reading

Combo: 2 questionnaires meshed into one

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Literacy Interview Originally uploaded by teachergal My colleague recently gave me a copy of a Reading Profile she uses with her students. Loved it! However, it left me realizing that the Writing Interview… Continue reading

Literacy Bags

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Trying to find a convenient way to keep your students’ Reading and Writing Workshop Materials together? Don’t want to buy something for them to use at-home and in-school? If you answered “yes” to… Continue reading

Meeting Area Supply Boxes for Workshop-Related Things

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I put the supplies I purchased earlier today into my kids’ Meeting Area Supply Boxes I purchased on Sunday. They don’t have much in them since I wanted to keep it simple… just… Continue reading

Meeting Area Supplies

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Penny Pencil Cases Originally uploaded by teachergal I found pencil cases on sale for $.01 at Staples today. I decided to buy them so that the kids could have everything they need for… Continue reading

Literacy Gifts

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Jen, Sarah, and Ruth gave me some fantastic ideas about ways to make the launch of writer’s notebooks and using the classroom library more exciting for children in September. I thought their ideas… Continue reading

Some are older… Some are newer…

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My Summer (Professional) Reading Originally uploaded by teachergal These four books have been sitting in my bookshelf for the past year begging to be read. I’ve thumbed through Using Literature to Enhance Writing… 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