Friday, May 31, 2013

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Teaching Non-fiction literacy skills is a challenge for many teachers. Here is a blog post for middle school students including great resources for teachers. Please note thisi s written by a science teacher. This is the type of teaching the Common Core invisons. Enjoy - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief. s

4 lessons on teaching nonfiction literacy skills
Teaching students how to read nonfiction material -- from understanding an expert's bias to learning how to be active readers -- is an important component of Common Core State Standards, educator Bill Ferriter writes in this blog post. Ferriter shares four assignments and includes links to the handouts he uses to teach nonfiction writing skills to his sixth-grade science class. Center for Teaching Quality/Tempered Radical blog (5/20)

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Here are some great resources on Nonfiction writing instruction and nonfiction mentor texts. With the new focus on nonfiction in the CCSS, these are valuable. Enjoy:} Courtesy of Choice Literacy.

Here are two features from the Choice Literacy archives to hone your skills in nonfiction writing instruction.
Ann Marie Corgill lets her writing curriculum do double duty, building social and literacy skills in Learning to Write Engaging Nonfiction: A Middle School Partner Writing Study:
Franki Sibberson finds literary nonfiction provides rich and varied writing models for elementary students. She shares some of her favorite mentor texts:

If you're looking for new nonfiction text models, you might want to explore Choice Literacy's Pinterest board Great Nonfiction for Kids. We add to it weekly, and it currently includes more than five dozen annotated children's books:
We've posted Part 2 of our favorite digital reading and writing tools round-up with contributions from Maria Caplin, Michelle Kelly, Mandy Robek, Katherine Sokolowski, and Brian Sepe:
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