Tag Archives: Literature

Sharing Books, Talking Science

sm_E08774_Bang-Jensen and Lubkowitz_Bookcover_MG5D7314On Today’s podcast — exploring science in children’s literature. Science is everywhere, in everything we do, see, and read. All books offer possibilities for talk about science in the illustrations and the texts… once you know how to look for them. Children’s literature is a natural avenue to explore the seven crosscutting concepts described in the Next Generation Science Standards. In their new book: Sharing Books, Talking Science, authors Valerie Bang-Jensen and Mark Lubkowitz help teachers develop the mindset necessary to think like a scientist, and then help students think, talk, and read like scientists. We started our conversation on how the idea for this book came to be and what they call “the surprisingly powerful friendship of children's literature and science.” 

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Using Technology With Primary Texts

In Teaching Literature In The Context Of Literacy Instruction, coauthors Jocelyn Chadwick and John Grassie explore how the familiar literature we love can be taught in a way that not only engages students but does so within the context of literacy instruction, reflecting the needs of today’s classrooms. They address complex questions secondary English teachers wrangle with daily: Where does literature live within the Common Core’s mandates? How can we embrace informational texts in our literature classrooms? And most importantly, how can we help students recognize that canonical works are relevant to them?

In this post, Jocelyn Chadwick discusses how use of technology can lead to a richer understanding of literature study.

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What Literacy Means Today

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In Teaching Literature In The Context Of Literacy Instruction, coauthors Jocelyn Chadwick and John Grassie explore how the familiar literature we love can be taught in a way that not only engages students but does so within the context of literacy instruction, reflecting the needs of today’s classrooms. They address complex questions secondary English teachers wrangle with daily: Where does literature live within the Common Core’s mandates? How can we embrace informational texts in our literature classrooms? And most importantly, how can we help students recognize that canonical works are relevant to them? In today's post and video, the authors discuss a 21st-century literacy.

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Environment: A Key Element for Literacy Instruction, Using Literature

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by Jocelyn Chadwick and John Grassie

Diversity. Inclusion. Exclusion. Equity. School to prison pipeline. School to deportation pipeline. Homelessness. Achievement gaps. Socio-economic status (SES). These newly familiar realities join other more familiar ones for our students: Loneliness. Outsider. Love. Hate. Family. Success. Failure, to cite a few. Environment—both inside and outside our classrooms and schools—necessarily affects how our students learn, and, regretfully, do not learn. English language arts plays a key role in these environments not only because our students remain with us PreK–college, but also because in our classes, we blend literature and writing and critical thinking, speaking, and listening. And our literature, especially, provides a mortar which can in so many expected and unexpected ways unlock and explore these realities in safe environments created in our classrooms.

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Race and Gender: Not the Same Anymore

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In Teaching Literature In The Context Of Literacy Instruction, coauthors Jocelyn Chadwick and John Grassie explore how the familiar literature we love can be taught in a way that not only engages students but does so within the context of literacy instruction, reflecting the needs of today’s classrooms. They address complex questions secondary English teachers wrangle with daily: Where does literature live within the Common Core’s mandates? How can we embrace informational texts in our literature classrooms? And most importantly, how can we help students recognize that canonical works are relevant to them?

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We’re Not Limited Anymore: “Engagement: Backing Into the Classics”

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In Teaching Literature In The Context Of Literacy Instruction, coauthors Jocelyn Chadwick and John Grassie explore how the familiar literature we love can be taught in a way that not only engages students but does so within the context of literacy instruction, reflecting the needs of today’s classrooms. They address complex questions secondary English teachers wrangle with daily: Where does literature live within the Common Core’s mandates? How can we embrace informational texts in our literature classrooms? And most importantly, how can we help students recognize that canonical works are relevant to them?

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