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Inquiry Unit How-To's

This reading list from Common Core CPR will help you create an inquiry unit on creating a sustainable future built around dystopian novels.

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A Letter from Birmingham Jail Inquiry Unit

This inquiry unit, excerpted from Uncommon Core and built around essential questions addressing Martin Luther King's A Letter from Birmingham Jail, not only develops students' reading and writing skills, but also helps students grapple with important social issues.

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Addressing Common Student Hang-Ups: Public Speaking
Addressing Common Student Hang-Ups: Public Speaking

In this exerpt from These 6 Things, you'll learn to address the common student hang-up of public speaking and find strategies for how to address and prevent fear of public speaking in the classroom. 

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Lesson: Understanding Hardships Through Cinderella
Lesson: Understanding Hardships Through Cinderella

Use this lesson from Text Structures from Fairytales to guide students to deeper understanding of the concept of challenge through analyzing the story of Cinderella. 

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E.N.G.A.G.E.: Six Tips for Ramping-Up Your Read Aloud Experiences
E.N.G.A.G.E.: Six Tips for Ramping-Up Your Read Aloud Experiences

Maria Walther, author of The Ramped-up Read Aloud, lists her six tips for ramping-up your read aloud experiences to inspire our students and keep them engaged and interested in reading. 

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3 Ways to Re-imagine Small-Group Reading Experiences
3 Ways to Re-imagine Small-Group Reading Experiences

In her blog on Corwin Connect, Julie Wright, author of What Are You Grouping For?, provides the answer to how we move toward more individualized learning opportunities within our time constraints: small-group reading experiences. 

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Writers Read Better: Lessons for Drafting Nonfiction
Writers Read Better: Lessons for Drafting Nonfiction

These lessons from Writers Read Better: Nonfiction focus on drafting nonfiction pieces, which will help students to decide for themselves the best ways to present their information to their readers.

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Word Study That Sticks Activity: Yep! Maybe . . . Huh?
Word Study That Sticks Activity: Yep! Maybe . . . Huh?

There's no sense to learning to spell words we don't understand. This activity from Word Study That Sticks helps you review with your K-2 students the words they understand (or don't) for greater clarity. 

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Text Complexity Excerpt: Qualitative Aspects of Informational Texts
Text Complexity Excerpt: Qualitative Aspects of Informational Texts

Informational texts facilitate reading development, help shape students’ understanding of the world, and build their habits of inquiry. Use this chapter from Text Complexity to learn more about selecting informational texts for your students. 

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Webinar: What Are You Grouping For?
Webinar: What Are You Grouping For?

In this webinar, Julie Wright and Barry Hoonan, authors of What Are You Grouping For?, walk you through five teacher moves for growing students’ reading muscles through small-group learning experiences: kidwatching, pivoting, assessing, curating, and planning.

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The Five Teacher Moves
The Five Teacher Moves

These five moves from What Are You Grouping For? are founded on knowing students and providing opportunities for them to regularly meet in small groups to read, discuss, and make meaning of texts that are matched to their interest.

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