Literacy Links – Volume 104

book list, coaching, literacy links, online learning, professional resources, writing
One of my first Instagram Reels.

I know that Scholastic Book Fairs aren’t equitable and show loads of privilege, but I’m still going to recommend books to my young readers and their families. So I learned how to make Instagram Reels. Whew! I *truly* understood how my grandparents must’ve felt when they learned how to email. It took me DAYS to figure it out, and they are mediocre AT BEST. Still…I can’t wait to use that glitter filter again. All the heart eyes!

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Literacy Links – Volume 103

book list, literacy links, phonics, poetry, professional resources, reading
My bulletin board of tools and ideas to accompany my Pot of Gold and Teach: From A to Zine about poetry.

At the beginning of April, I published the Pot of Gold portfolio of resources (digital one-page, bulletin board, zine, and podcast). The focus this month: POETRY! I’m not exaggerating when I say that poetry saved my sanity during the first year of the Pandemic. Usually a voracious reader, I could NOT read books. I couldn’t concentrate. I had to reread a page eight times. I eventually lost interest because it was such a frustrating experience. This was not good for me. Reading is such a big part of my identity, and I felt lost without books in my life. Determined one day, I decided to try poetry based on Jason Reynolds’s wisdom. I have lots of poems and anthologies that I’ve collected over time, so every day I would read one. Then I started reading several poems. By June, I was successfully reading novels in verse. Poetry didn’t have “pages in the form of pitbulls”. It allowed my brain to focus on the intentional words on the page and also emote beyond the worry and empathy that consumed me. If I hadn’t grabbed hold to the poetry life saver back in April 2020, I might still be struggling to keep my head above water.

testify
by Eve L. Ewing

i stand before you to say
that today i walked home
& caught the light through
the fence & it was so golden
i wanted to cry & i lifted
my right hand to say thank
you god for the sun thank
you god for a chain link fence
& all the shoes that fit into
the chain link fence so that
we might get lifted god thank
you & i just wanted to dance
& it feels good to have food
in your belly & it feels good
to be home even when home
is the space between metal
shapes & still we are golden
& a man who wore the walk
of hard grounds & lost days
came toward me in the street
& said ‘girl what a beautiful
day’ & i said yes, testify
& i walked on & from some
place a horn rose, an organ,
a voice, a chorus, here to tell
you that we are not dead
we are not dead we are not
dead we are not dead we are
not dead we are not dead
we are not dead we are not
dead
yet

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Literacy Links – Volume 102

coaching, literacy links, poetry, reading, writing
The final slide from my 45-minute session, “Making the Most of the BAS”

On Valentine’s Day, I led a 45-minute session of professional learning on “Making the Most of the BAS” for the K-5 teachers in my school. The BAS takes time and getting it done can feel so final and complete, but it’s really just the beginning! The amount and variety of information we learn from the assessment can be analyzed even more to fine tune instructional decisions! Analyze their miscues to see what visual information they’re using and not using to make phonics goals. Consider the Six Dimensions of Fluency from Fountas and Pinnell to choose precise teaching prompts from the Prompting Guides. Review the comprehension conversation to narrow down if they need to work on thinking within the text, beyond the text, or about the text and focus on those sections in the Continuum. When we spend time examining a student’s BAS, we’re doing strong work for ourselves AND our students!

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Literacy Links – Volume 101

phonics, poetry, professional resources, reading, vocabulary
World Read Aloud Day resources for my school!

February 2, 2022 is the 13th annual World Read Aloud Day! In the Before, my colleague and fellow reading enthusiast planned a day of read aloud activities. This year’s offerings are going to be a lot more passive. Our school is just coming off of a very draining week, and asking teachers to do *another* thing didn’t feel right. But I will be sharing some digital resources that teachers could add to their day at their discretion. Happy reading!

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Literacy Links – Volume 100!!!

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Whoweeee. I dragged my feet posting this ONE HUNDREDTH volume. These Literacy Links aren’t anything groundbreaking, but one hundred of anything feels significant. Maybe I couldn’t think of a significant way to celebrate. Maybe everything else felt more significant. Maybe a little bit of both. But while posting some more resources to the teacher page of my site recently, I noticed that the last Literacy Link (Volume 99) post featured a picture of my vocabulary board, which was THREE whole Pots-of-Gold-ago. I knew I’d stalled long enough, and I needed to get something up. So here we are: Volume 100. Whoweee.

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Literacy Links – Volume 99

early literacy, literacy links, professional resources, vocabulary
Pot of Gold #5: Vocabulary

Passive PD isn’t my fave or at all effective really, but I have really enjoyed curating my Pot of Gold bulletin boards. The latest one is all about vocabulary, and I’ve been collecting ideas for the past several months (Golden nugget tip: Keep a file open as a place to deposit moments of genius when they strike!). Now that everyone in my home younger than fourteen is tucked in and read to for the night, I’m heading upstairs to create the last element: a podcast. Wish me luck.

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Literacy Links – Volume 98

book list, language study, literacy links, reading, writing
Anchor chart/student goal sheet for readers’ workshop

This week I’m helping launch a first grade readers’ workshop, so I mined my kindergarten resources for familiar reading goals from the Super Reader unit, also known as my favorite kindergarten Reading Unit of Study. Tomorrow, the first grade readers will get a plastic sheet protector to record the number of books they want to read and which super reader power they’ll use while reading. Can’t wait to see what goals they make for themselves. I just linked to this goal sheet on the LPS ELA calendar for this unit, but HERE it is if you’re an LPS employee.

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Literacy Links – Volume 97

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My first Pot of Gold of the 2021-2022 school year.

It’s nearly time to return to school here in Massachusetts, so I’ve been busy prepping some PD for the amazing teachers in my building. Some of it is ideas overload, some of it is a review of the basics, and some of it is reflecting on our best practices. Just realized that’s totally my style: ideas, review, and reflection. Kind of like how I taught.

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Literacy Links – Volume 96

early literacy, literacy links, poetry, professional resources, racial justice, reading, writing

This summer, I’m participating in some summer work focused on Cultivating Genius by Dr. Gholdy Muhammad. Our second Zoom discussion is next week, so I’m putting together my thoughts based on the assigned reading. I love this reflection question so much: How does this lesson help students see themselves or others? I used Canva to make a visual reminder for myself (And others! Choose your OWN colors!) to guide my lesson planning. Adding this prompt to my teaching brain will bring Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop’s idea of mirrors and windows to my classrooms.

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Literacy Links – Volume 95

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My Summer 2021 book stack

Reading is a huge part of my life. It’s who I am. My car has a bumper sticker that says “read”, and I have MANY reading-themed graphic tees. So I was devastated when my brain wouldn’t let me read during the pandemic. I would try and then lose track after a few sentences. Eventually, I was able to listen to audiobooks. Then, I could do graphic novels and novels in verse. It wasn’t until April 2021 that I successfully finished a chapter book. By June I’d made my list of books I wanted to read over the summer. I’m more than halfway through my book stack, and every book has been AMAZING! More significantly, it has felt like coming home to be reading again. The power of books is real.

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