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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing
    Circle Plot Diagram
    The Circle Plot Diagram can be used as a prewriting graphic organizer for students writing original stories with a circular plot structure as well as a postreading organizer used to explore the text structures in a book.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   K – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Close reading in elementary schools
    Close reading is a recommended instructional approach to meet the challenges of teaching complex texts. But close readings are more common in high school and college than in elementary schools. In this article, we identify the components of close reading that were developed after a group of elementary school teachers observed their colleges in high school. In addition, we focus on the modifications necessary to implement close reading in elementary schools.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 1
    CNN debuted as the first television news network in 1980.
    Students brainstorm a list of modern news sources and from previous centuries. Groups then research one of these sources and create a timeline showing the evolution of news.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Position Statement
    Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
    This document is a code of best practices that helps educators using media literacy concepts and techniques to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Code-Switching: Teaching Standard English in Urban Classrooms
    Wheeler and Swords show K6 teachers how to use code-switching and contrastive analysis to help students use prior knowledge to translate vernacular English into Standard English.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Codeswitching: Tools of Language and Culture Transform the Dialectally Diverse Classroom
    This article shows how to affirm and draw on the dialect diversity of students to foster the learning of Standard English.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   3 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Cold Plums and the Old Men in the Water: Let Children Read and Write "Great" Poetry
    The author of this article advocates using "great" poetry with children, and providing the link between the reading and writing of poetry.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Collaborative Conversations: Meeting Speaking and Listening Standards
    This one-hour Web seminar will focus on the instructional routines that ensure that students develop the habits necessary to engage with their peers.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Color My World: Expanding Meaning Potential through Media
    Using different writing/drawing materials (e.g., markers, color pencils, pastels, etc.), students learn how to communicate different moods and/or feelings to support their written ideas and how authors do the same through their work.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Color Poems—Using the Five Senses to Guide Prewriting
    Students use their five senses as a prewriting tool to guide their poetry writing as they compose free-form poems using imagery to describe a color.

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