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Grades   1 – 3  |  Strategy Guide

Promote Deep Thinking! How to Choose a Complex Text

Complex texts promote deep thinking and critical analysis by students. Through close reading of a complex text, students’ independent reading abilities also increase.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Developing Evidence-Based Arguments from Texts

This strategy guide clarifies the difference between persuasion and argumentation, stressing the connection between close reading of text to gather evidence and formation of a strong argumentative claim about text.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Brainstorming and Reviewing Using the Carousel Strategy

This strategy guide introduces Carousel Brainstorming, also known as Rotating Review, and offers suggestions to implement this technique in your classroom for brainstorming about new topics or reviewing learned information.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Developing Persuasive Writing Strategies

This strategy guide describes the techniques used in effective persuasive writing and shares activities you can use to help students understand and use persuasion in their writing and critical thinking.

 

Grades   K – 5  |  Strategy Guide

Peer Review

This strategy guide explains how you can employ peer review in your classroom, guiding students as they offer each other constructive feedback to improve their writing and communication skills.