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Digging Deeper: Developing Comprehension Using Thank You, Mr. Falker

A read-aloud of Patricia Polacco’s Thank You, Mr. Falker helps promote deeper comprehension through questioning to achieve personal connections and discussions of character and theme.

 

Student Interactives

 

Word Family Sort

Word Family Sort

This online activity helps students recognize word patterns by having them sort a series of words into short-vowel word families.

 

 

Once Upon a Link: A PowerPoint Adventure With Fractured Fairy Tales

What really happened to the three little pigs? Students will read and write fractured fairy tales. In composing and editing these tales, students focus on the six traits of writing.

 

 

Theme Poems

Theme Poems

Formerly known as Shape Poems, this online tool allows elementary students to write poems in various shapes.

 
 

 

Seasonal Haiku: Writing Poems to Celebrate Any Season

After listening to haiku poetry, students use seasonal descriptive words to write their own haiku, following the traditional format. They then publish their poems by mounting them on illustrated backgrounds.

 

 

ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool

ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool

The Webbing Tool provides a free-form graphic organizer for activities that ask students to pursue hypertextual thinking and writing.

 
 

 

What Makes Poetry? Exploring Line Breaks

Students read various poems and explore why lines are broken where they are and how they affect rhythm, sound, meaning, and appearance in poetry.

 

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Poets in Practice

Poets in Practice

This article discusses the need to engage students and teachers in active poetry writing.

 

2014 NCTE Annual Convention

2014 NCTE Annual Convention

The 2014 NCTE Annual Convention is an opportunity to take back the right to tell our stories, to create our own landscapes, and to “talk story” with each other.

 

 

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