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The art of teaching requires many careful balancing acts, and implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for literacy offers an opportunity for one more.
Pairing texts should be done with the same consideration one pairs food and drink: they complement one another. Through the union of the two, each one becomes richer on its own.
By Mark Bauerlein
Have you ever wondered what makes students choose the books that they do? This is precisely the question to be explored in the fifth edition of What Kids Are Reading: The Book-Reading Habits of Students in American Schools . This year's report examines student motivation via lists of the top 40 books read by grades 1-12 students last school year.
Literature Circles involve a small group of students exploring a piece of literature in depth. Although you'll find lots of books and articles on the Literature Circles, there are many ways to implement the strategies across grade levels and subject areas. Think of literature circles as one element of a balanced literacy program rather than "the solution." In most cases, the application of literature circles evolves over time as students and teachers become more experienced readers.
What is a Literature Circle? Literature Circles are great way to teach reading by allowing the students to take a more active role in their learning. Students get to be the leaders by deciding what they will read and how they will learn in Literature Circles. Literature Circles allow the students to become leaders so to speak. Students are broken up into groups of 4 to 6 students based on similar reading levels, likes, needs, strengths and weaknesses.
If you want to see kids get excited about reading, let them choose their own books and talk about them in groups. That's the basic idea behind Literature Circles, or Book Clubs . If you're new to Literature Circles, or even if you are a pro, visit my Classroom Book Clubs page and watch the 5-minute introduction or watch the webinar below.
Either I’ve encountered a conspiracy to confound teachers of writing, or I’ve discovered an “obvious secret” of descriptive writing. To paraphrase a classic School House Rock Video, it appears that verbs are, indeed, “what’s happening.”
Reading for Literature Standard 6 is one of the most misunderstood Common Core Standards. many teachers are mistakenly teaching this as a unit on first, second, and third person. This is simply off base. What RL6 is really about is character point of view.
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