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Poetry can spark student engagement. Download this free poetry lesson for elementary or middle school based on the poem "Seeing the World." Along with the poem, you'll find lesson planning notes, how to support students' close reading of the poem, ideas for writing about it, and more.

Document |311 KB
Authors: Paul B. Janeczko
Grades: Elementary, Middle School
Last Updated: 11/12/2021
Topics: Language Arts, Reading
Associated Resources: Reading Poetry in the Middle Grades

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Positive student relationships are critical. No matter where you teach or what you teach, strong student relationships are key. This article discusses challenging students and provides questions for self-assessing your student connections. A free checklist to support your reflection is included.

Document |370KB
Authors: Jaleel R. Howard, Tyrone C. Howard, Tanya Milner-McCall
Grades: Elementary, Middle School, High School, Parent
Last Updated: 11/09/2021
Topics: Classroom Management, Teaching Profession
Associated Resources: No More Teaching Without Positive Relationships

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This free download from the partial Spanish translation of Teaching Writing in Small Groups offers a chart (Objetivos de escritura y qué observar) for identifying student writing goals. You'll also get one of 15 skill progression forms (Organización y estructura - Opinión) and guidance for using it.

Document |3 MB
Authors: Jennifer Serravallo
Grades: Elementary, Middle School
Last Updated: 11/09/2021
Topics: Bilingual, Conferring, Differentiated Instruction, Writing
Associated Resources: Teaching Writing in Small Groups

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Quickwrites are first draft responses to short pieces of writing or drawing. They are powerful starting points for students who say, "I don't have anything to write about!" In this PDF, Linda Rief shares 10 mentor texts, ideas for how to use each one, and thoughts on using quickwrites effectively.

Document |2MB
Authors: Linda Rief
Grades: Middle School, High School
Last Updated: 11/08/2021
Topics: Remote Learning, Writing
Associated Resources: The Quickwrite Handbook

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This free "¿En qué puedo trabajar como escritor?" checklist is available in Spanish to help identify your students’ needs with accuracy and ease. For writers to grow, setting goals that build on their strengths is key. This tool supports the planning process for writing instruction in your class.

Document |53 KB
Authors: Jennifer Serravallo
Grades: Elementary, Middle School
Last Updated: 11/08/2021
Topics: Bilingual, Conferring, Writing
Associated Resources: Teaching Writing in Small Groups

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For writers to grow, setting goals that build on their strengths is key. Jen Serravallo created this free "What Can I Work on as a Writer?" checklist to help you identify your students’ needs with accuracy and ease. This tool supports the planning process for writing instruction in your class.

Document |49 KB
Authors: Jennifer Serravallo
Grades: Elementary, Middle School
Last Updated: 11/08/2021
Topics: Conferring, Writing
Associated Resources: Teaching Writing in Small Groups

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Researcher's workshop harnesses students' curiosity to promote engaged learning. This free guide offers a framework for using researcher's workshop in your class—and provides access to a free lesson. Give kids the tools to read, view, and listen as they learn new information and explore the world.

Document |3.4MB
Authors: Brad Buhrow, Anne Goudvis, Stephanie Harvey
Grades: Elementary, Middle School
Last Updated: 11/03/2021
Topics: Remote Learning, Reading, Technology
Associated Resources: Inquiry Illuminated

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This article looks at how action research can shape educators' practice. Professional learning and instructional initiatives don't always begin with administrators. Action research projects can help teachers uncover a deeper understanding of their students, colleagues, and teaching.

Document |635 KB
Grades: Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
Last Updated: 11/03/2021
Topics: Teaching Profession

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Whether remote or in-person, writing conferences are still at the heart of teaching writing. In this free download, Carl Anderson shares 10 tips for conducting virtual writing conferences with your students: talk about their writing, assess them as writers, and give them a tip to move them forward.

Document |403 KB
Authors: Carl Anderson
Grades: Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School
Last Updated: 11/03/2021
Topics: Conferring, Language Arts, Remote Learning, Writing
Associated Resources: A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences

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A guide from author Kelly Boswell to help you keep the teaching of writing streamlined, simple, and purposeful while also helping student writers rediscover their voice, their enthusiasm, and their confidence––for use with in person or distance learning.

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Authors: Kelly Boswell
Grades: Kindergarten, Elementary, Parent
Last Updated: 12/01/2020
Topics: Conferring, Writing, Remote Learning
Associated Resources: Every Kid a Writer

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