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  1. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Inquiry at the Window: The Year of the Birds
    This science inquiry in a fourth-grade classroom affirms the importance of observation, questioning, reading, and writing to the inquiry process.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    I-Search in the Age of Information
    Middle school teacher Huntington Lyman takes a fresh look at the I-Search research method and shows how it can be modified to provide an effective project for middle school students.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Joyful Noises: Creating Poems for Voices and Ears
    This article discusses the efforts of a fifth-grade teacher and a visiting poet to rekindle students' sense of poetic passion and pleasure and describes how the authors introduced students to poems for two voices.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Language and Literacy: The Poetry Connection
    Offers a conceptual framework for building language awareness through the reading of poetry, encouraging children to reflect on language in interesting and powerful ways. Provides an instructional model for constructing literature-based experiences in the classroom.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Let's Go to the Movies: Rethinking the Role of Film in the Elementary Classroom
    Argues that elementary language-arts teachers should expand their definition of "text" to include film, a valuable instructional material. Notes that today's elementary students come to class with a great deal of knowledge about films--prior experiences which teachers can tap into. Discusses the application to film of reader-response theories.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Menu Magic!
    This article helps eighth graders review the power of adjectives. Students eat up this project that promises to deliver the opportunity to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate while giving students the chance to work in cooperative groups. All in all, it's an appetizing way to get kids focused on descriptive writing.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Multigenre, Multiple Intelligences, and Transcendentalism
    Colleen A. Ruggieri offers a multigenre, mulltiple intelligences unit on transcendentalism complete with suggested texts and an assessment plan.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Multiple Texts: Multiple Opportunities for Teaching and Learning
    Using texts that first meet the reading "levels" of middle school students, then offering increasingly challenging books, teachers can group students at all levels using multiple texts. Strategy logs and conferences are two of the successful tools teachers use to increase comprehension as well as critical reading skills.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Nonfiction Inquiry: Using Real Reading and Writing to Explore the World
    Nonfiction is the genre most likely to spur children's passion and wonder for learning. This article discusses way to motivate children to read nonfiction.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Pamphlets: An Introduction to Research Techniques
    Describes a four- to six-week project for high school sophomores in which students create pamphlets and in the process learn basic research skills and practice several elements of the research paper.

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