Category Archive: reading-writing connections

Summer Reading & Writing Connections: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer

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You know that expression people use: “It’s like riding a bicycle?”

It’s supposed to mean that once you learn a skill set you’ll never forget it.

Turns out reading and writing are not like riding a bicycle.

Story: Still the Heart of Literacy Learning

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Take a little tour with me as I share highlights from this new book by Katie Egan Cunningham.

Many Ways to Use “I am” Poems!

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Don’t shy away from the formulaic “I am” poem! There are so many possibilities…

Quality Reading Instruction Leads to Better Writing: A Review of Jennifer Serravallo’s Independent Reading Assessment 

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When I tested Jennifer Serravallo’s Independent Reading Assessment (Scholastic), I was an immediate believer. Finally, here is a reading assessment that gives rich, clear information about upper grade readers, using an authentic reading… Continue reading

Creating Classroom Environments: Places for Writers to Grow

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Every summer I dream of my classroom. When considering my third grade writers, what do they need to grow and how can I provide classroom spaces for that?

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 Begins With Thinking About Reading

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Some weeks ago, when the school year was brand new, I wrote about setting up our Reading Journals for a year of writing about our reading.  Now we are approaching the end of… 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

Craft Tables for You — Part III of III

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This week I’m sharing the Happy Like Soccer craft table my graduate students created.  My students worked in partnerships to flesh out explanations for craft moves they identified in Maribeth Boelts’s book on… Continue reading

Craft Tables for You — Part II of III

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This is the second in a series of three posts that include craft tables you can download for use during your conferences or strategy lessons.  If you missed last week’s post, which talked… Continue reading

Craft Tables for You — Part I of III

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Craft tables are a way to organize one’s thinking about a books teachers will be use as a mentor text.  Since a good deal of the mentor text work we do with students… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: Growing as Writers through an Author Study

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Stella Villalba teaches English as a Second Language at Beechwood Elementary in Columbus, Ohio. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she started her career in education teaching ESL in Asuncion, Paraguay. Stella also publishes… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: Savor a Book: Reading like a Writer

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Edited by Ruth: Pssst…today is Mary Helen’s birthday! Won’t you join me in leaving comments on her blog post about one of her very favorite books? Mary Helen Gensch is currently a literacy… Continue reading

Reflecting on Reading Like a Writer

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So I took some time to create a video about the system I created in order to track and reflect on my summer reading. Because I pushed myself to reflect in a new… Continue reading

A Mentor Text that Deals with Social Issues

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We’ve all had that kid in our class.  You know who I mean.  It’s the kid who sticks out like a sore thumb because of his weight, because of his hair, or because… Continue reading

Scaredy Squirrel Books in the Primary Writing Classroom

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Ruth was shocked when she learned that I had never heard of Scaredy Squirrel Books when we passed the Kids Can Press Booth at the NCTE Conference.  Quite frankly, once I started paging… Continue reading

Picture Books in Upper Elementary School

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The Fall of 2006 brought me the savviest class I ever taught.  Nearly all 32 of them scoffed at me on Wednesday, September 6th when I pulled out Nothing Ever Happens on 90th… Continue reading

The Power of Three

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When I was at the TCRWP’s Writing Institute a couple of weeks ago, there was a buzz about the power of three. Funny how I’ve been in and around lots of writing-related professional… Continue reading

Living Like a Writer: Why do you read and write?

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I had the absolute pleasure of listening to Pam Muñoz Ryan deliver the keynote address at the TCRWP Writing Institute this past Wednesday. (And to make things even better, she even signed my… Continue reading

Can “The Fluent Reader” Help Create A More Fluent Writer?

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The Reading Specialist in my school recently lent me her copy of The Fluent Reader: Oral Reading Strategies for Building Word Recognition, Fluency, and Comprehension by Timothy V. Rasinski after a brainstorming session… Continue reading