Write Now! Empowering Writers in Today's K-6 Classroom

Building a Foundation for Writing Success

Students should start from a successful point and writing should increase in difficulty and rigor throughout the year. Each student will have individual starting points and individual growth, but class whole-group lessons will benefit all. Students may start with writing their names, progress to writing predicable text and repetitive sentences, to constructing stories at varying lengths.

 

Putting Books to Work: Where Things Come Back

Ideas on how to use John Corey Whaley’s award-winning debut novel in the classroom.

The Librarians Recommend…Back to School Excitement

Our librarians have been making stacks of their favorite brand-new titles.

Go Global! Multicultural Books for Children and Young Adults

The CL/R SIG examines some recent international and global favorites that caught their attention.

  • 'RT' and 'JAAL' Editor Searches Open August 1

    Beginning August 1, 2014, the International Reading Association will accept applications for the editorships of The Reading Teacher and the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.
  • Response to NCTQ's 2014 Teacher Education Report


    by Peter Afflerbach, Annemarie Sullivan Palinscar, Virginia Goatley, and P. David Pearson
    June 25, 2014

    The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) issued its second review of teacher preparation programs June 17. We see little in the 2014 report to change our stance from last year regarding their efforts to assess the quality of teacher education for literacy instruction.

  • Hard-Copy Graphic Novels Are Vital for ESL Students

    The spread of apps on so-called ‘smartphones’ and other slightly larger handheld devices have enabled readers to view and read massive amounts of content online. But what about adolescent English language learners (ELLs), especially those emigrating and or fleeing from much poorer societies?
  • 5 Questions With… Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet series)

    Kazu Kibuishi has had quite a year. It's hard to cover everything with just five questions, considering he battled a life-threatening illness that landed him in the hospital for weeks, illustrated the 15th anniversary edition box set of Harry Potter and produced Amulet 6, the next installment of his wildly popular graphic novel series.
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