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  1. Professional Development | November 21–24, 2018
    2019 NCTE Annual Convention
    Next fall, when we come together in Baltimore, letís inquire together. Letís dare to wonder, to be bold and creative in our curiosity. Letís reawaken our own spirit of inquiry as teachers, leaders, writers, readers, and thinkers.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Bright Morning: Exploring Character Development in Fiction
    Students work as a class to explore a character in a book they have read by identifying traits and finding textual references to support their choices.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 1
    Celebrate National Family Literacy Day!
    Parents, grandparents, and other family members are invited to the classroom for a family-school reading day.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Creating a Classroom Newspaper
    Students write authentic newspaper stories, including learning about various aspects of newspapers, such as writing an article, online articles, newspaper reading habits, and layout and design techniques.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Compare and Contrast Structure in Expository Texts
    Students build their understanding of the terms compare and contrast by participating in class discussions, using Internet resources, working collaboratively, and by visually representing information in a Venn diagram.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Guided Comprehension: Evaluating Using the Meeting of the Minds Technique
    Based on the Guided Comprehension Model developed by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen, this lesson introduces students to the strategy of evaluating, using the Meeting of the Minds technique.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Guided Comprehension: Knowing How Words Work Using Semantic Feature Analysis
    Based on the Guided Comprehension Model developed by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen, this lesson introduces students to the comprehension strategy of knowing how words work.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Integrating Literacy Into the Study of the Earth's Surface
    Water covers 71% of the earth's surfaceódoes it get the instructional time it deserves in your busy curriculum? Students wade right in to the study of bodies of water as they read and discuss science trade books and work together to develop Readers Theater scripts based on selected titles.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Native Americans Today
    This lesson challenges students' views of Native Americans as a vanished people by asking them to compare their prior knowledge with information they gather while reading about contemporary Native Americans.

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