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3 Anchor Charts for Teaching Nonfiction Point of View

Teaching the point of view in a nonfiction text can be a tricky task; it is not as clear-cut as the point of view in…

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Activities for Teaching 5 Types of Nonfiction Text Structures

Nonfiction text structures are the way in which a text is organized by the author.  It is an important skill when reading informational text that…

Three Mini-Lessons for Teaching Students to Make Inferences with Pictures

As your readers continue to dig deep into text, making inferences is an important skill for them to practice.  We make inferences every day without…

I Need A Hug: 5 Meaningful Activities About Friendship

“I Need a Hug” by Aaron Blabey is a sweet story of a porcupine that just needs a hug but all of the other animals…

Why is Reading Aloud Important?

There is something so special about reading with students, hearing their excitement, listening to their questions, and having discussions.  Reading aloud provides a connection between…

A Guide to Meaningful Reading Conferences

Reading conferences are one the best parts of reading workshop.  I know it may not always feel that way; you may feel unsure of how…

A Flicker of Hope: Activities of Hope & Resilience

“A Flicker of Hope” is a beautiful book about a little candle whose flame is not as bright as it once was.  The story is…

Close Reading: Giving Students a Purpose for Repeated Reading

For teachers, close reading can sometimes feel intimidating.  With limited time, how can students complete meaningful readings AND respond?  To students, close reading can seem…

Close Reading Strategies: How to Help Students Take a Closer …

Having students tackle challenging texts can feel like an overwhelming task, but close reading is the perfect way to get students to dive into texts…

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