When determining how to best organize The Writing Strategies Book, Jen Serravallo considered many different approaches. She considered organizing it based on the stages in the writing process, or by genre, but In the end came back to organizing the book around eleven writing goals. This likely comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with Jen's Reading Strategies Book or any of her other recent work. In Jen's own words: "Helping kids to articulate clear goals for their work, and supporting them with strategies and feedback to accomplish those goals, makes a huge difference in their ability to succeed."
The Writing Strategies Book was released on Monday – February 6th, 2017. To celebrate the book's birthday, author Jennifer Serravallo hosted a special Facebook Live to book talk and take questions from readers. If you don't have access to Facebook, you can watch the video below and The Writing Strategies Book is available now:
The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo will complement and extend your teaching. Rely on it to plan your lessons and implement goal-directed, differentiated instruction for individuals, small groups, and whole classes. If you're just starting with the book, or considering it, review these ten videos blogs from Jen to give you a sense of where to start:
Welcome to the newest installment in our weekly link series on the Heinemann blog! Every week we find around five interesting links for you to take into your much deserved weekend. These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!
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In a timely piece from Edutopia, eighth-grade teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron offered tips to combat summer learning loss:
Research the based-on-books movies that are coming out during the summer months. Show trailers the last day of school (like when the kids from your first period are trapped in your classroom for three hours while promotion is going on elsewhere). Show these trailers and hand out a list of books that correspond to each. Challenge students to read the books before seeing the movies.
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Kristi Mraz and Marjorie Martinelli wrote a review of Jen Serravallo's The Reading Strategies Book, using the classic post-cyberpunk film The Matrix as an extended metaphor:
For many, “seeing the matrix” has become shorthand for suddenly understanding an underlying principal that had seemed magical, or in more common vernacular, for finally “getting it.” Now we have Jennifer Serravallo’s new book, The Reading Strategies Book to demystify what makes for powerful reading instruction, and make “the matrix” of teaching reading accessible to us all.
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Continuing the summer reading thread, Cathy Mere wrote about how to offer additional literacy support during those three months without school:
To help parents to hear about new book titles, ways to keep their children reading across the summer, and to share other information, I invited parents to school to hear more about summer reading. The ELL teacher and our media specialist jumped in to help. We offered two different times for parents in hopes of making it possible for more parents to attend. Key discussion topics included: getting kids excited about summer reading, places to find books, ways to connect with other readers, using our reading website for updated information across the summer and strategies for supporting young readers.
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On her blog, Renee Dinnerstein asked, "What will the children remember?" She contacted former students and many of them responded with a vivid memory:
Sara (kindergarten, 1996)
I remember looking at meal worms. We had a big tank with a bunch of bugs and we could pick them up with tweezers if we wanted to. I also remember days when I would choose something like puzzles at Choice Time because I thought I wanted to do something quiet by myself, but then I’d be bored halfway through and regret my decision. It was always better to choose the ‘special activity’ or the one all your friends chose.
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— tanny mcgregor (@TannyMcG) May 14, 2015
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That's it! Be sure to check back next week for another round of links. If you have a link or a blog, be sure to mention them in the comments below. Cheers to you!