Identifying a worthy text is often one of the biggest challenges to overcome when putting together a close-reading plan. Choosing a text that offers opportunities for multiple readings, as well as new, meaningful understandings can be difficult. So how do we know if a book or article will work for close reading?
Below is excerpted from the Introduction in Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language (2017) by Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca. It’s a wonderful description—in the authors’ words—of what makes this authentic grammar and conventions instruction through the process of invitation so successful and how it’s used to bridge the gap left by current reading and writing curriculums.
By now, your reading and writing workshops are up and running. But are you noticing there's something missing in your instruction that would bridge the two together? Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca noticed that in their own instruction and they figured out a way to close the gap!
In this video, hear from Jeff and Whitney about how taking just 5 minutes from reading workshop and 5 minutes from writing workshop each day, you can use their process known as the Invitational Process, or Patterns of Power Process, to strengthen your students’ comprehension and composition skills. Find out why this process works and how you can use it to create a space where students notice the beauty and meaning of writer’s craft in the texts they read and in the world around them.
In a traditional primary classroom, spelling errors were looked upon as mistakes to be corrected. But to spelling expert Richard Gentry and reading researcher Gene Ouellette, the ways young students invent spelling of words provides key insights into their brain circuitry and their development as readers.
In this installment of the Teacher's Corner Podcast, we hear educator Trevor Bryan, read from his popular book, The Art of Comprehension: Exploring Visual Texts to Foster Comprehension, Conversation, and Confidence. Listen in to learn more about this exciting book and how it can help you get your students talking about their thinking through discussions about art, which they can carry over into discussions about text.
It’s independent reading time. The perfect opportunity to sit down with your students, face-to-face and have a great discussion about their reading that will inform your next teaching moves. You have your notebook ready. You sit down next to the first student on your list and ask, “So what are you thinking about this book?” Shrug. “I don’t know. I like it?” Silence. Now what? Not sure? Kari Yates and Christina Nosek can help.
Below is a guest blog from Amy Stewart, author of Little Readers, Big Thinkers.
“Reading is a gift we give our students. It is a gift wrapped in compelling characters, wondrous words, and incredible information. Close reading is a way to bring those characters, words, and pieces of information to life in new, joyful ways for our students.”