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Reading the World
Kids love to explore the real world--as young scientists they observe and relish nature, and through social studies they investigate other times, places, and cultures. In this series of three videos, authors and staff developers Anne Goudvis and Stephanie Harvey…
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Developing Independent Learners
The goal of teaching is to promote independent learning so reading and writing becomes a lifelong habit. As children become better readers, they also become better writers. A workshop format provides a literacy context for building connections between the reading…
2 videos
Peter Elbow: On Writing
Peter Elbow talks directly to students about the process of writing. Beginning with his own early difficulties with writing as a college student, Elbow provides insights into how one can work through writing problems. Full of detailed instruction and specific…
Improving Adolescent Writers
How can we teach today's students to write with clarity, passion, and purpose? How can we move all students -- even those who struggle or are reluctant -- forward in their skills as writers? In Improving Adolescent Writers, Kelly Gallagher…
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Bringing Reading to Life
Readers in grades 3-6 present unique challenges and opportunities for teachers. Many intermediate readers can decode text well, but few have the skills required for the thick textbooks and complex literature they will encounter in the middle grades and beyond.…
4 videos
Thoughtful Reading
Teachers of adolescent readers face many challenges. Some students are skilled at decoding text but have few strategies for understanding complex genres. Others have entered their teen years struggling to decode even the simplest books and articles. Through her highly…
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Happy Reading!
First-grade teacher Debbie Miller chronicles her work teaching reading comprehension in her popular book Reading with Meaning. In this series, Debbie takes you beyond comprehension instruction, and shows how she sustains a thoughtful primary reading program that challenges and supports…
3 videos
Vignette 1: Focus on Data Analysis
In this vignette, Pam, the classroom teacher, and Tracy, the literacy coach, meet to examine student fluency data. In addition, they identify appropriate instructional strategies to address areas of student need related to fluency. During this conference, Tracy takes on…
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Daily Five Alive!
Part of the Series: Stenhouse Classroom Management & Leadership Collection
It's a common dilemma: teachers need time to work in one-on-one conferences and in small groups with students during literacy workshop. And yet assigning 'busy work' to the rest of the class won't help all students to develop the essential…
Building Adolescent Readers
In Kelly Gallagher's high school classroom in Anaheim, California, students are not only learning to comprehend difficult novels and texts, they are developing the skills and behaviors of lifelong readers. Drawing from his books Reading Reasons and Deeper Reading, Kelly's…
3 videos
Craft of Grammar
Part of the Series: Teaching Writing Collection
In The Craft of Grammar, Jeff Anderson shows how he brings grammar and craft together meaningfully for student writers. Jeff and his sixth-grade students move easily from analyzing sentences to freewrites in writer's notebooks to 'express-lane edits' of their writing…
Teaching Apostrophes
Part of the Series: Teaching Writing Collection
This video shows how Jeff Anderson uses playful strategies and mentor texts to engage writers in grammar and editing. In the "Apostrophe-thon," Jeff's sixth-grade students in San Antonio, Texas search through a mentor text excerpt to find examples of apostrophes…
Teaching Strategies for Literacy Development
A video from ECU's archive of documentaries and teaching films. This program has been designed to demonstrate a range of teaching strategies that can be used to support literacy development. These explicit instructional strategies can be used with individual children…
In the Beginning
Part of the Series: Teaching Writing Collection
While literacy development begins long before children are of school age, the kindergarten classroom marks an important moment as students embark on their lifelong journey as writers. This enlightening video program offers a close up view of a master teacher's…
Literacy Attendance
Part of the Series: Stenhouse Classroom Management & Leadership Collection
Literacy Attendance is an alternative to the traditional attendance roll at the start of the day. Students have the option of sharing reading or writing activities from home when their name is called, and teachers gain insight into students' literacy…
Looking into Literature Circles
Part of the Series: Stenhouse Classroom Management & Leadership Collection
Book clubs are forming in classrooms everywhere, with small groups of students from kindergarten through high school leading their own lively literature discussions. This promising movement has drawn many of its key ideas and management procedures from Harvey Daniel's book,…
Good-Fit Books
Part of the Series: Stenhouse Classroom Management & Leadership Collection
The ability to select just-right books is a key element in developing confident, successful, independent readers. Gail starts this mini-lesson with Joan's K-2 multiage students by modeling how she picks a pair of shoes that are a good fit for…
Inside Reading and Writing
In her book In the Company of Children, Joanne Hindley invites you inside her third-grade New York City classroom to "have a look" as she describes her reading and writing workshops. Joanne extends the invitation once again through a series…
4 videos
Launching Literacy Stations
Literacy work stations are being embraced in many elementary schools as a way to ensure students of all ages are completing thoughtful, challenging tasks while their teachers meet with small groups of students. Debbie Diller, author of the book Literacy…
3 videos
When Students Write
You can read books or attend workshops about how to teach writing, but there's no substitute for seeing master teachers put ideas into practice with real kids. When Students Write takes us into the classrooms at Bailey's Elementary School in…
4 videos