Literacy Links – Volume 19

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The High Quality Teacher Share on Making Literacy Toolkits is half over, and I am so proud of teachers’ ideas for and dedication to their toolkits. We have everything from a kindergarten reading toolkit to a fourth grade realistic fiction writing toolkit in forms ranging from sketchbooks to ARC notebooks and binders. Together, they’ve troubleshooted issues and shared ideas. Soon, teachers will start using their toolkits with students, and I can’t wait to hear about how it goes!

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

Literacy Links – Volume 18

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After weeks of organizing, brainstorming, and planning, some of the Reading Ambassadors will finally start revealing their projects. One group is surprising a class with a book cover door creation. Can you guess what book this is? Which Center classroom will be “bookmarked” (their trademark!) first?

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

Literacy Links – Volume 17

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img_0211Center’s kindergarten super readers celebration

Kindergarteners had an exciting week. To celebrate the end of their super readers unit, in which they learned about their pattern power, pointer power, picture power, and more, kindergarteners and their teachers came to school dressed as superheroes. Singing their Super Reader theme song to the tune of the original Spiderman show and hearing a story read aloud by Superhero Hutton were just parts of their celebrations. It was a joyful experience that I’m so grateful our youngest readers got to experience. Brava to our amazing kindergarten team!

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

Literacy Links – Volume 16

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I’ve been digging into Patterns of Power A LOT lately. And I’m loving it even more than I did last year. Ten minutes a day. Very little prep. Student-centered. Inquiry-based. Most beneficially, it raises students’ language consciousness. They are more aware of their choices as writers and the effects their choices make on their readers. Let me know if you’re interested in exploring POP together.

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

Literacy Links – Volume 15

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I hope everyone had a great break from school! Whenever I travel, I make a point to visit literary locations: bookstores, libraries, authors’ homes, etc. Over break, I visited my old stomping grounds in NYC and checked out the public library and Books Are Magic, a Brooklyn bookstore. It was, indeed, magical. The children’s section in the back had a hexagonal book nook that my two year-old thoroughly enjoyed. I can’t wait to go back!

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

Literacy Links – Volume 14

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Students as content creators is my jam. This week, my WINners (OMG, I’m totally calling them that from now on!) are working through the writing process to develop book recommendations of favorite books from their childhoods. On this WINners desk, we see a marked up text full of his reading thinking, pre-writing using a graphic organizer of his choice that we modeled, a flash draft, and a personal revising and editing checklists for himself, a partner, and the teacher. The WINners’ recommendations are going to be published in a book that will be on display in the library along with all of the books. We’re also giving a copy of the book recommendations to each kindergarten class to inspire their independent reading selections.

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