Category Archive: writing about reading

Sketchnoting: My First Attempt

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Increase engagement and memory by learning how to Sketchnote

Writing about Reading: Considering Perspective Paves the Way for Critical Thinking— Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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Growing up the younger sibling of a sister with pervasive disabilities was a crash course in perspective. The lessons I learned from my sister have made me who I am. Lessons packed with… Continue reading

The Reading Strategies Book + Giveaway

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A little peek inside the final chapter of THE READING STRATEGIES BOOK and a giveaway!

How To Write “Long” About Reading

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This statement is sticking with me following a session at a conference with Kate Roberts. As I prepare for the next school year I am thinking, processing and evaluating where I am in… Continue reading

The Reading Strategies Book

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Have plans mid-June? Cancel them and prepare to run to your nearest bookstore. The Reading Strategies Book by Jen Serravallo is a must and is intended for grades K-8!

Tuck Everlasting: 40th Anniversary Blog Tour #Tuck40th

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I miss many things about being a classroom teacher. I miss the camaraderie with the students, the collegiality with the staff, and the sense that what I’m doing really matters. I miss the… 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

Written Conversations

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Another strategy for writing about reading: Written Conversations

Writing about Reading: Considering Perspective Paves the Way for Critical Thinking

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Rubin’s vase is a famous optical illusion that can be interpreted in multiple ways. When looked at one way, it appears to be a vase. When looked at another way, it appears to… Continue reading

More Ways to Write About Reading

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I remember now why it is important to keep a reader’s notebook.

Setting up the reading journal for a year of writing about reading

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Ever since I began teaching, my students’ reading journals have been as much “the gateway to all the work we will be doing from September to June” (to borrow a phrase from a… Continue reading

Nonfiction Book Clubs: A Snippet of an IRA Workshop

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Today’s post is based on a workshop presented at the International Reading Association conference titled: Thinking, Talking, and Writing about Nonfiction Reading. Nonfiction Book Clubs provide the perfect opportunity for students to solidify all they are learning and to get better at writing about their reading.

Revisiting the Writer’s Notebook with “Revision Centers”

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The last quarter of the school year signals a time of mixed feelings – the year is almost over,  and even though we look forward to restful summer days, there is the sadness… Continue reading

Writing About Reading in the Writer’s Notebook

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The writing a child crafts about a book or an article in her writer’s notebook often holds a lot of meaning or value to her. This kind of writing about reading isn’t about finding the main idea, making predictions, or intertextual connections. Rather, this writing about reading is usually composed in response to something that affected a child so deeply she had to write about it on her own terms.

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

Developing Theories About Craft Moves

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This past summer I spent a week at the TCRWP Summer Writing Institute.  One of my week-long courses was about mentor texts.  Emily Smith, the section leader, introduced us to a book, But… Continue reading

Using Precise Language When Writing About Reading or When Writing in One’s Notebook

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I conferred with one of my students during Reading Workshop today about the writing she was doing about her reading. I noticed the words “things” and “stuff” appearing. I showed her the poem… 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

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

Reflections: Growth

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Someone once told me that an experienced teacher asks, “How are the kids doing?” rather than asking “How am I doing?” I’ve found that to be more and more true of myself as… Continue reading