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4 Independent Reading Ideas that will Engage Students

Do you have restless students during readers' workshop? Are you looking for ways to engage students with the text? I also have struggled with this for years. I am sharing four independent reading ideas that work with keeping students on task. Reading Response Journals for Independent Reading Ideas During independent reading time, I offer students… Continue reading 4 Independent Reading Ideas that will Engage Students

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All About Me Activities that are easy and fun for students

Write A Bio Poem Students enjoy writing about their hobbies and interests. A bio poem is a short poem for students to express their likes and feelings. Bio poems are great all about me activities for the beginning of the school year. There are many patterns that can be used to write a bio poem.… Continue reading All About Me Activities that are easy and fun for students

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Fiction, Nonfiction, Student Centered

Flexible Literature Circles Jobs can Empower Students

Literature Circles are a great way to have student led discussions. Students get a sense of responsibility, accountability, and cooperation. How do I start literature circles? The discussion director is the role I like to start with. As I read and think aloud, I write down questions. I model thought provoking, open ended questions. There… Continue reading Flexible Literature Circles Jobs can Empower Students

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5 Book Reports Templates that are Easy to Use

Book reports templates provide a framework to explain the content of a book. Whether a student reports on a fiction or nonfiction book, comprehension skills and strategies are in use. When reporting on a book that is fiction, you will want students to include a plot map, character analysis, connections, and a brief book review.… Continue reading 5 Book Reports Templates that are Easy to Use

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7 Strategies for Using Academic Conversation Starters to Engage Students

For many years, I asked comprehension questions from the text and called on students to answer.  The problem with that model is that I wasn't allowing students to share their thinking first.  Now, I have students discuss the text before I ask any questions. How do you get students to have meaningful discussions? You set… Continue reading 7 Strategies for Using Academic Conversation Starters to Engage Students