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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

 

Essay Map

Essay Map

The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.

 

 

Theme Poems: Writing Extraordinary Poems About Ordinary Objects

Students select a familiar object online, build a bank of words related to the object, and write theme poems that are printed and displayed in class.

 

 

Bio Cube

Bio Cube

Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.

 
 

 

Poetry from Prose

Working in small groups, students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.

 

 

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

ReadWriteThink Notetaker

Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Teaching Writing

Teaching Writing

This strategy guide series identifies, defines, and provides examples of effective writing strategies and offers a list of resources related to each strategy.

 

Spelling in Use: Looking Closely at Spelling in Whole Language Classrooms

Spelling in Use: Looking Closely at Spelling in Whole Language Classrooms

Laminack and Wood describe, in accessible and lively prose, both the theoretical foundations and the practical details of whole language classrooms.

 

 

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