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Digging Deeper:  Writing about Reading in our Reading Notebooks!

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Hello everyone! Are you counting down the days until spring? I know we are! The students are getting a little touch of "Spring Fever" so I am trying to balance the wiggles we are experiencing with our need to really dig "DEEP" into our content. The Common Core really is asking us to push our students, and as I have been really working to immerse myself in the CCSS and the "intent" of it, I realize that there are few things that I think we need to keep in mind as we move forward. Perhaps you…

Vocabulary Battleship game

Foldables

This isn't exactly a Foldable, but it could definitely be turned into one. Caricatures are a fun way for kids to describe what they have learned about a particular person or group of people. They could definitely be a part of any Foldable!

Teaching With a Mountain View: Teaching Point of View with Pictures!  This is an amazing way to teach literacy skills!

Teaching Point of View

We have been busy working on point of view, and most specifically, on how an author's point of view impacts how a story is written or told. I loved some of the activities we did, and I'm excited to share them with you! We started the unit by creating an anchor chart together. (Are you shocked!?) Point of View Anchor Chart My students had an idea of what point of view was, but they needed to solidify their understanding of the types of third person point of view and well as second person…

FREE Nonfiction Notes Graphic Organizer: This graphic organizer can be used to organize information and to check for understanding as students read nonfiction books. The students will use the organizer to record the main idea, new words learned, text-to-self connections, questions they still have about the text, facts, and text features seen in the book.

Nonfiction Notes Graphic Organizer

This graphic organizer can be used to organize information and to check for understanding as students read nonfiction books. The students will use the organizer to record the main idea, new words learned, text-to-self connections, questions they still have about the text, facts, and text features s...

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “I’m a Text Detective!” {FREE Reading Response Mini-booklet}”

by Brooke Brown 2nd - 4th Grade Copy this FREE product front to back, cut apart on the dotted lines, and staple into a mini-bo...

Through the Keyhole Drawing Lesson Would be a great writing lesson, for a character study... peek into book character's bedroom

Outstanding Sketchbooks

The Jr. High students created drawings of a scene that one might see through a keyhole. This assignment required skill and imagination. ...

Creating a classroom culture around literacy. This site has some great DIY author's chair examples.

Author's Chair ~ Share Chair

Many years ago, I spent a lot of time making an author's chair. If you aren't sure what an author's chair is, it is "just" (Not really "jus...

Notice and Note Signposts in your reading.  Good questions for students to ask as they read.

Erica Beaton on Twitter

“Starting today, my sophies are linking @Gladwell's #outliers with @WesMoore1 's #theotherwesmoore using #noticenote”

This is a set of 7 reading comprehension strategy posters for display or teaching use in your classroom.

Set of Reading Comprehension Strategy Posters

This is a set of 7 reading comprehension strategy posters for display or teaching use in your classroom. Posters include the following strategies: summarizing, questioning, monitor/clarify, predicting, visualizing, inferring, and evaluating. Each poster includes a definition of the term as well as...

Characterization ...from iHeart Literacy (blog)

Characterization

I LOVE this easy four-square characterization organizer: The character's name goes in the middle of the page, surrounded by four squares that include the characters Feelings, Actions, Sayings, and Thoughts. This graphic organizer will be great when reading novels to better understand characters and for student writing as they develop their characters.

Have students create a "map" of the story through images (they can draw them or find images online and make a collage map). Example shown: To Kill A Mockingbird by Sutathewolf.deviantart.com

To Kill A Mockingbird by Sutathewolf on DeviantArt

Map for my English class. Had to do one on the chapters for to kill a mockingbird by harper lee and it was fun except that it's hard to see with how I t... To Kill A Mockingbird

In this free research assignment students research different gods, goddesses, creatures and humans from Greek Mythology. I had my students work individually at home and I had them pick names from a hat. You can have them work in groups and do it in class using laptops if you wish. Some of my students prepared PowerPoint presentations, some made posters and others just made a speech. The CCSS for grades 6-12 are included.

Greek Mythology Research Assignment

In this research assignment students research different gods, goddesses, creatures and humans from Greek Mythology. I had my students work individually at home and I had them pick names from a hat. You can have them work in groups and do it in class using laptops if you wish. Some of my students pre...