Literacy Links – Volume 37

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Having students pick book nooks is one of my favorite lessons in Readers’ Workshop launch! We read aloud You Can Read and discussed the good book nooks in their classroom. One of my goals for my lessons this year is to plan the what, the how, and the WHY. WHY is it important for readers to have good book nooks? Sometimes I’m even explicitly listing the WHY on the anchor chart.

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

Literacy Links – Volume 36

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Welcome back, Cardinals! Initially, I was struggling with what to post to launch this year’s Literacy Links, but when I saw this, I knew it was “the one”. Have you noticed that picture books are labeled “E” in the Dewey Decimal System? The “E” technically stands for “easy”, but many picture books are as or even more eloquent, poetic, and impressive than some chapter books. This is exactly why I used several picture books as mentor texts EVERY SINGLE DAY when I was a classroom teacher. I considered my day a failure if I read less than three. So when I saw a librarian’s Tweet about rebranding the “E” to mean “everyone”, I immediately shared it with our amazing librarian at Center School! What a great way to help remove the stigma that older kids  sometimes feel when they read picture books. I’m all about reading anything, and picture books are one of my favorite mediums to read. They really are for everyone.

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

  • Launching Writing Workshop with Passion and Purpose from Two Writing Teachers
  • Wordless News – Great for inferring in the upper grades. Be sure to preview because some may be too mature for kids.
  • Looking for some new back-to-school read alouds? Check out this list. My list would include #5, #7, #9, and #17. I just put #13 on hold at the library because I’ve never read it!
  • Time to rethink “What I Did Over Summer Vacation” writing prompts. Luckily, Whole Hearted School Counseling has provided some alternatives.
  • Don’t worry, Center teachers. I’ve already requested ALL of these and these from the library since we all start the year launching Writers’ Workshop and writing personal narratives.
  • Mental health break: Booking a trip on these the next time I’m down in RI!

Literacy Links – Volume 35

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Today was the LAST Reading Ambassador meeting of the year. Sniff, sniff! What a tremendous first year. This group was so motivated and energetic. They had so many ideas, we didn’t have time to do them all! We celebrated with a slideshow, decorating book bags for summer reading (I *think* I got everyone to sign mine!), and a reflection. I can’t wait for NEXT year!

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

Literacy Links – Volume 34

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The Reading Ambassadors hosted a Summer Reading Assembly for the ENTIRE school today. They revealed winners of the 2019 favorite book awards, shared summer reading tips, performed skits about summer reading, gave away books, and delivered copies of their reading-themed zine, Reading Republic! It was a blast. Be on the lookout for a CSS episode soon!

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

Literacy Links – Volume 33

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The elementary literacy coaches have planned our second annual Summer Literacy Institute on August 19th-21st. This year, we’re offering eighteen different courses that will stimulate your teaching brain for a new year with students AND earn you SACs. Check out all of the choices here. Sign-ups will be coming from Central Office shortly!

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

Literacy Links – Volume 32

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I bet you’ve read some GREAT books this year! The Reading Ambassadors have nominated books for awards in several different categories, and the winners will be revealed at the Summer Reading Assembly on June 7th. Check out the display of all of the nominees outside the library; maybe one of YOUR favorites will win!

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

Literacy Links – Volume 31

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Do you have books your family is ready to donate? Bring them to Center for the Reading Ambassadors’ Book Drive! After just one week, we’ve filled FIVE boxes! We’ll continue for a while longer, so send in your book donations!

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

Literacy Links – Volume 30

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Dear Ms. Vinson,

You taught me sixth grade AG language arts at Githens Middle School during 1990-1991 school year. It was a year of firsts: middle school, class in a trailer, creative writing, getting published, and learning the difference between Miss and Ms. I had always been a compliant student; school came easily to me. But your classroom was the first time I’d been inspired by a teacher. I loved ALL of our projects because of the allowance and appreciation for creativity. That was my niche, and I hadn’t even realized it before being in your class. You probably never would’ve known about the impact you had on my learning and being because I was, and still am, painfully shy and introverted. But maybe you had a hunch after I left you a copy of my latest published story in your mailbox in seventh grade.

When I became a teacher, I proudly ordered a “Ms. Vigna” stamp to identify my books in the classroom library. I enthusiastically described the difference between Miss and Ms. and even kept the title after I got married, divorced, and married again. My first students all sent their creative writing off to be published, and I’ve made a web of characters more than once to show characters’ connections in a complex story. Your teaching changed my life and my students’ lives.

Thank you for being so amazing. You were a once in a lifetime experience, and I can only hope that my children will have a similarly powerful experience with a teacher someday.

Happy teacher appreciation week!

Vanessa Vigna

P.S. I *still* know all of my helping verbs.

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

Literacy Links – Volume 29

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IT’S BOOK FAIR WEEK! The most wonderful time of the year, in my opinion. With MCAS testing right around the corner, my literacy coaching schedule was light this week, so I was able to visit many classrooms’ visits to the Book Fair to book talk as many books as possible. Look for the Reading Ambassadors’ recommendations, too!

Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:

Literacy Links – Volume 28

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Welcome back, Center School! I hope you had spectacular vacations and read lots of great books. The day before spring break, the Reading Ambassadors hosted their spirit day: “Dress up like a favorite book character.” They even created a great photobooth backdrop using pages of discarded books. So many students popped by for a snap!

Here is two weeks (I came across some great resources over break!) of literacy links for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment: