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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…
Strategy Instruction in Action
As Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis demonstrate in their popular book, Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding, reading comprehension is about much more than answering literal questions at the end of a passage, story, or chapter. In this…
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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…
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
Fact Finders!
Part of the Series: Teaching Reading Collection
When is the best time to invite students to become actively involved in think-alouds? Join classroom teacher, Patrick Allen, in this 35 minute video, and watch as he engages the students in his fourth-grade classroom, demonstrating that you don't need…
Getting into Grammar
Do your students sigh at the mere mention of the word grammar? Do you struggle with how to make teaching grammar meaningful and lasting? In this video, you'll follow Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty into second- and fifth-grade classrooms, where…
3 videos
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…
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…
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
Joy of Conferring
While reading Debbie Miller's book, Reading with Meaning, or viewing her Happy Reading! video series, one wonders at Debbie's ability to orchestrate a buzzing classroom full of first-graders into a cooperative literacy community. The Joy of Conferring lets us focus…
2 videos
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…
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
Think Nonfiction!
Part of the Series: Teaching Reading Collection
Nonfiction rules! When you walk into a classroom awash in nonfiction, you know it - no quiet kids sitting at desks here. Instead we see them chattering a mile a minute over a photograph of the jaws of a great…
What is Visual Literacy?
Part of the Series: Literacy Collection
When children begin to read and write they are as interested in information as they are in fiction. But information is not conveyed only with print; the wealth of visual texts are often the clearest communicators of information. Charts, diagrams,…
Organizing for Literacy
Organizing for Literacy is a professional development series for implementing a balanced early literacy program based on apprenticeship theory. The series presents a complete early literacy resource, with the option of using individual videos to focus on a specific area…
4 videos
Results That Last
What are the features of a school change model? Can these characteristics be captured and shared with other schools? How can all members of the school community work together to effect change? In this four-part series, teachers and administrators explore…
4 videos
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,…
Writing with Mentors
When learning how to write well, there is nothing more powerful than examining the work of the writers we admire. Real writers need mentors - those writers who inspire us and demonstrate through their style and craft how we, too,…
2 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
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…
4 videos