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Concluding Information Writing and Tailoring Instruction

Recently, Stacey and I were chatting via email about why the teaching of conclusions isn’t presented as a separate minilesson in Bringing History to Life… 642 more words

Informational Writing

Social Studies Character Traits: Historical Figures and Personal Connections

This year our school has been creating space for vertical alignment meetings for each subject area.  In these meetings, a representative from each grade level talks about the standards for each quarter and we start to look for ways that we might collaborate across grade levels or move curriculum around the better serve our students.   604 more words


Gary D. Schmidt's Okay For Now

Gary D. Schmidt’s Okay for Now

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt. 2011. Sandpiper—HMH: Boston.

Genre: Novel

Ages: Grades 6-9

Review by Jeff Hicks… 2,582 more words

Book Reviews

Empowering Student Voice Through Individual Projects: A Kindergarten Research Project

My library uses a flexible schedule.  This means that I don’t see classes at a set time every week.  Instead, I collaborate with teachers and schedule lessons and projects as they fit into the curriculum each week.   550 more words


Research and information writing in kindergarten: a peek into Heather Bitka's classroom

I’ve had *so* much fun brainstorming possibilities for research and information writing in classrooms over the last month, and all of it took me back to my first long-term experience coaching this type of writing in Heather Bitka’s classroom almost five years ago. 445 more words

Writer's Workshop

A Preview of the Primary Level Research and Informational Writing Unit I'll Be Sharing Soon!

Over the last four years, I’ve helped numerous districts align curricula to the Common Core Learning Standards. Each approached this work in their own way, and solid reasoning guided their choices. 327 more words

Writer's Workshop

When primary writers research, who chooses the topic? Who locates resources? Why?

This page from my sketchbook reflects a bit of planning for this week’s sessions. I’m working with primary teachers to design a research-based informational writing unit. 48 more words

Planning Tools