literature-circles
Fiction, Student Centered

Flexible Literature Circles 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 can Empower Students

simple-book-reports
Fiction, Nonfiction, Student Centered

Book Report Templates for All Books

Book reports are written to explain the content of a book. Whether reporting on a fiction or nonfiction book, comprehension skills and strategies are used independently. 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. Fiction Book Reports A… Continue reading Book Report Templates for All Books

academic-conversations-cards
Student Centered

7 Strategies for Having Meaningful Academic Conversations

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 academic conversations? You need… Continue reading 7 Strategies for Having Meaningful Academic Conversations