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Quality Reading Instruction Leads to Better Writing: A Review of Jennifer Serravallo’s Independent Reading Assessment 

When I tested Jennifer Serravallo’s Independent Reading Assessment (Scholastic), I was an immediate believer. Finally, here is a reading assessment that gives rich, clear information about upper grade readers, using an authentic reading task (It is the only reading assessment system to date in which readers read a whole book.  1,147 more words


New Mentor Texts for Information Writing

I’m teaching an online graduate course, The Teaching of Writing K-12, for Lesley University this semester. This week my students jump into information writing. Therefore, I thought I’d devote this week’s blog post to exemplary nonfiction mentor texts. 3,816 more words

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Teacher-Written Mentor Texts: Diving into Information Writing

I’ve long believed teacher-written texts can serve as excellent mentor texts during a unit of study. While I’m a huge advocate of student-written mentor texts… 1,205 more words

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Allowing Student Choice within Information Writing: Diving into Information Writing

It’s important to offer choice through all genres. How we do this can vary! Here are some ideas and tips for offering choice in both planning, topic choice, and format for students when writing information pieces. 1,405 more words

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Preview: Diving into Information Writing Blog Series

We can’t believe it’s already been three months since our first blog series of the school year on creating classroom environments. It feels as if we’ve barely had a moment to catch our breaths from the whirlwind that is the launch of the school year, and here were are, already into the thick of the fall holidays. 499 more words

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Neighborhood Sharks, a review by Vicki Spandel

Neighborhood Sharks. 2014. Written and illustrated by Katherine Roy. New York: Roaring Brooks Press. Unpaginated.

Genre: Nonfiction, science, picture book/chapter book

Ages: Aimed at fourth through eighth grades, though adults will also enjoy it… 2,457 more words

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