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Webinar: This Is Balanced Literacy
Webinar: This Is Balanced Literacy

What factors come to mind when you hear the term “Balanced Literacy?” It is a term that has been used (and misused) for so long that it has lost meaning. Join the authors of This Is Balanced Literacy, Grades K-6, for as they outline the essential evidence-based approaches that define the balance for your students, lighting the path for you to implement true balanced literacy in your classroom.

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Ideas for Reflection and Celebration
Ideas for Reflection and Celebration

Use this chart from Word Study That Sticks by Pamela Koutrakos to inspire ideas for getting your class to reflect on and celebrate their progress.

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Traditional Teaching and Transformational Teaching: The Pedagogy of EMPOWERment
Traditional Teaching and Transformational Teaching: The Pedagogy of EMPOWERment

In this excerpt from Planning Powerful Instruction, Grades 6-12, the authors clearly define the difference between traditional or informational teaching and transformational teaching or the pedagogy of EMPOWERment.

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Frontloading Move 2: Where Do I Stand?
Frontloading Move 2: Where Do I Stand?

This activity from Planning Powerful Instruction, Grades 6-12, primes and orients students through discussion of controversial concepts that they will explore in the unit. Students also practice complex processes like making claims, supporting reasoning with evidence, listening and mirroring, summarizing, and addressing opposing viewpoints and reservations to their own thinking.

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Visualization Move 2: Picture Mapping
Visualization Move 2: Picture Mapping

In this activity from Planning Powerful Instruction, Grades 6-12, students will use a picture map to walk through the skills of (1) identifying key details and capturing the connections among them in order to (2) identify topics, then (3) identify patterns of key details in order to identify main ideas and make deeper meaning of the text.

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Questioning Move 1: Three-Level Questioning Guide
Questioning Move 1: Three-Level Questioning Guide

This three-level questioning guide from Planning Powerful Instruction, Grades 6-12, moves learners through the levels of literal, inferential, and reflective evaluation and application questions.

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A Conceptual Boost to Literacy Instruction
A Conceptual Boost to Literacy Instruction

Tiffanee Brown, co-author of Concept-Based Literacy Lessons, writes in this blog how, in a Concept-Based Literacy classroom, teaching skills is not the end goal in and of itself. Rather, the skills are taught to exemplify a bigger idea or Understanding about important literacy processes.

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Want More Teaching Time? Shorten Transitions… Here’s How
Want More Teaching Time? Shorten Transitions… Here’s How

Instructional time is a precious commodity, so it’s worth thinking about ways to make transitions as efficient as possible. In this blog post from Every Child Can Write author Melanie Meehan, she explains that, when we teach explicit strategies for transitioning smoothly and efficiently, we unlock more time for instruction.

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Operation Word Study Roll Out
Operation Word Study Roll Out

In this blog post from Pamela Koutrakos, author of Word Study That Sticks and The Word Study That Sticks Companion, she explains that, for word study to be an integral part of your classroom routine, you can't wait until the “perfect time” to get started. Read her tips to going right away. 

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Want to Inspire Voluminous Reading? Start with Curating Texts
Want to Inspire Voluminous Reading? Start with Curating Texts

Teachers can serve as curators of texts in much the same way as museum curators. Julie Wright, author of What Are You Grouping For?, explains how we can make deliberate moves to pique interest, evoke emotion, and urge action in readers. And we can invite our students to be curators, too.

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Gradual Release of Responsibility Within Your Balanced Literacy Groups
Gradual Release of Responsibility Within Your Balanced Literacy Groups

Read how you can enact a gradual release of responsibilty within your Balanced Literacy groups in this blog post from Nancy Akhavan, co-author of This Is Balanced Literacy

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The Way You Begin: Dynamic Read Alouds for the First Days of School
The Way You Begin: Dynamic Read Alouds for the First Days of School

"Whether you are in your first years of teaching (welcome to our rewarding profession!) or, like me, you’re starting the school year for the 34th time, the way you begin matters. We only get one chance to set the tone and establish a shared vision for living and learning together, so let’s make the most of it! With that goal in mind, I’ll offer a few books for read alouds and ideas that you might try as you build relationships on the 'days you begin.'" Read more from The Ramped-Up Read Aloud author Maria Walther on Corwin Connect.

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