Posts filed under: Reading

How to Effectively Use Mentor Texts in the Classroom

Mentor texts have made my life as a teacher so much easier! They provide skillful, nuanced examples for students to emulate. Mentor texts are valuable tools and they can fit...

DO YOU NEED VIBRANT MENTOR TEXT TO TEACH WORD CHOICE?

Teaching students how to use Word Choice in their writing can be difficult. Often times they use simple words in their writing. Guide students to use more vibrant words by...

Six Ways to Use Close Reading in Your Classroom

In this fast-paced age, it’s hard for students to take time to do anything. Reading material closely is often far down on the list of student-preferred activities. When modern technology...

The Best Way to Teach Greek and Latin Roots and Affixes

Greek and Latin roots and affixes are the “building blocks” of the English language. Incorporating them into your instruction or curriculum not only provides students with word meanings, but helps...

How to Incorporate Chocolate Into Your Classroom

I don’t know about you, but I was always looking for ways to keep my students’ motivated, yet keep up the rigor of our curriculum. There certainly needs to be...

What Are Reading Comprehension Passages with Step-by-Step Questions?

What are reading comprehension passages with step-by-step questions? They are high-interest differentiated passages developed with two sets of questions. Both sets of questions are text-dependent with one set being easier...

How to Offer Differentiation in the Classroom

Differentiation is a hot topic in the current teaching environment. Many teachers feel stressed at the mere thought of taking one lesson and creating several different ways to assess and...

Mystery Book List for Upper Elementary

Are you looking for great literature to introduce your upper elementary students to mysteries? I’ve used many of these books in my classes during our mystery genre study. Although I...

Step-By-Step Reading with Interactive Notebooks

Step-by-Step Reading is a series of effective reading units used in thousands of classrooms. It is full of engaging lessons and resources. A scaffolding approach helps students understand what they are reading....

How to Teach Theme

Are your students having trouble identifying theme within a story? This step-by-step process scaffolds through several reading comprehension skills to help students get a thorough understanding of theme. Students will...