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  1. Professional Development | November 19–22, 2020
    2020 NCTE Annual Convention
    This fall, when we come together in Denver, letís read, write, speak, listen, and view with curiosity. Together, we will be a confluencia of our songs.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    "America the Beautiful": Using Music and Art to Develop Vocabulary
    Students engage in a rich study of vocabulary words from the song "America the Beautiful," using music and art.
  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. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein's "Sick"
    Students select what they believe to be the most important word in a text that they have read and justify their choice using examples from the text.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Diagram It! Identifying, Comparing, and Writing About Nonfiction Texts
    Students compare the traits fact and fiction by using a Venn diagram to compare fiction and nonfiction books about Native Americans.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Fact or Fiction: Learning About Worms Using Diary of a Worm
    Students often believe that fiction writers make everything up, seldom realizing how research worms its way into entertaining writing. In this lesson, students read Diary of a Worm to find out how fact merges with fiction.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Four Simple Steps to Small-Group Guided Writing
    Students will go batty about the three writing strategies they learn in this lesson centered on Nicola Davies' Bat Loves the Night.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Shhh! Bear's Sleeping: Learning About Nonfiction and Fiction Using Read-Alouds
    Students explore the distinction between the fiction story Bear Snores On and the nonfiction book Every Autumn Comes the Bear.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Teaching Synthesis with Interactive Read-Alouds of Informational Texts
    In this Web seminar, we will discuss how to explicitly introduce synthesis of nonfiction texts as well as how to plan for reading aloud a text so as to promote understanding of the author's central ideas.

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