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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   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.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Creative Problem-Solving with Ezra Jack Keats
    Using books by Ezra Jack Keats as inspiration, students explore problems and solutions through read-alouds, discussion, and an interactive bulletin board.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   K – 6  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Honoring Student Voice in the Early Childhood Classroom: Dramatic Play, Stories, and Story Acting
    This web seminar focuses on honoring student voice through story and story acting.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Let's Talk About Stories: Shared Discussion With Amazing Grace
    Make space for critical literacy and engage students in meaningful, thoughtful discussions. Using Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, students dig deep into themes such as prejudice, courage, and self-confidence.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   K – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Looking Inside Classrooms: Reflecting on the "How" as Well as the "What" in Effective Reading Instruction
    This article presents the classroom practices that were the most useful for improving students' reading ability.

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