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Paired Texts Required: Making Sense of Informational Text Standard 9 (Multiple Sources)

The Multiple Sources informational text standard requires elementary school students to examine two or more texts on the same topic.  Students don’t necessarily have to find these sources, as we do with some research standards. The focus here is on analysis. Students are expected to analyze how those sources present information. This includes an analysis of the content, presentation, and word choices…. Read more →

Interactive Anchor Charts for Teaching Text Structure (standard 5)

Interactive Anchor Charts for Teaching Text Structure (standard 5)

Yesterday, I posted about the different types of text features that students will explore under standard 5. Today, I want to share a lesson that I like to do when digging a bit deeper into text structures with elementary school students. I hope it is useful! As always, I have included the anchor chart that we made with this lesson…. Read more →

Teaching Informational Text to Elementary Students? You Should Know Seymour Simon!

Teaching Informational Text to Elementary Students? You Should Know Seymour Simon!

Judy Blume. Beverly Cleary. Roald Dahl. Francine Pascal. Ann Martin. As a child,those five authors dominated my reading lists. I loved the imagery that Dahl used to create fantastical characters. Cleary and Blume both delighted me with their uncanny awareness of what I, as a child, thought and understood. Pascal enticed me into a world of tween drama. Ann Martin made me want… Read more →

A New School Year Awaits!

A New School Year Awaits!

  I hope everyone had a relaxing summer! I took a nice break from blogging to just enjoy life a bit and to develop and deliver new workshops. This summer I got a chance to work with hundreds of teachers! We did everything from deconstructing standards to analyzing formative assessment data. I had fun  working with teams of teachers to develop effective, engaging… Read more →