welcome

Welcome to the Blog!

rsbsadmin Uncategorized 0 Comments

How did I get here? Welcome! We have moved our blog from our old Weebly page over to our Read Side by Side website. If you tried going to that Weebly page, you were redirected here, to the new home of our blog! How do I find the blog post I’m looking for? Don’t worry, the majority of the content …

The Conflict Between Differentiation and Scaffolding

rsbsadmin C.I.A. Approach, Classroom Setup & Routines, Comprehension, ELL, Peter Dewitz, Reading, Research, Scaffolding 0 Comments

What is the difference between differentiation and scaffolding?  While educators have long defined these strategies as being almost identical, they are, in fact, in sharp contrast to one another.  Differentiation adjusts the text to the child, while scaffolding enables the child to read and comprehend at a higher level.   The concept of differentiating instruction is close to celebrating its …

Esperanza Rising—A New Unit of Study in the Read Side by Side Reading Program!

rsbsadmin 6.3 Esperanza Rising, Background Knowledge, C.I.A. Approach, Reading, Sarah Collinge, Text structure 1 Comment

Get a sneak peak at C. I. A. Unit of Study, Historical Fiction—Esperanza Rising, 6.3 and download tools to help you prepare to teach this unit of study! Coming soon to the Read Side by Side store! Teachers, Thank you for waiting so patiently for the release of my last unit of study for sixth grade, Historical Fiction—Esperanza Rising! I …

Happy 6th Birthday, Raising the Standards!

rsbsadmin Uncategorized 0 Comments

Raising the Standards Through Chapter Books: The C. I. A. Approach, celebrated its 6th birthday last month! Currently, Read Side by Side has sold over 4,000 copies. Find out about the story behind Sarah’s first book for teachers in this blog article by Sarah Collinge. I will never forget the day I was sitting around a table with four other …

Setting Up the Classroom Library

rsbsadmin Classroom Library, Classroom Setup & Routines, Independent Reading, Motivation, Reading, Sarah Collinge, Uncategorized 1 Comment

Setting up the classroom library can be a daunting process. How do you organize books? Do you focus on reading levels or sort books by genre? Do you sort books into bins or place them on a shelf, spines out? How many books should be in a classroom library? And how do you create a classroom library on a dime? …

Why Books? — What Books Can Do That Passages Can’t

rsbsadmin Comprehension, Motivation, Peter Dewitz, Reading, Research, Testing, Uncategorized 0 Comments

In this blog article, Peter Dewitz explains, the goal of reading instruction is not to move from level to level, but to develop our appreciation and skill with written language, to learn to think, and to foster our humanity. Books can do this; passages can’t. In 1957 Don Parker took his tomato crate of color coded folders containing leveled fiction …

Making Inferences: 6 Essential Strategies

rsbsadmin Background Knowledge, Comprehension, Comprehension strategies, Peter Dewitz, Reading 1 Comment

How do you help students make inferences while reading? Learn six essential strategies for inference generation that are sure to increase comprehension for even your most struggling readers! Reading comprehension is a process of construction where readers link ideas within and between sentences and connect ideas between paragraphs. Reading is also an integration process where readers use prior knowledge to …

Why Students Love CIA: Letters From Students

rsbsadmin Uncategorized 1 Comment

A special envelope arrived in the mail several weeks ago. Inside I was delighted to find 17 handwritten letters from 5th grade students in Auburn, WA. On top of the pile was a letter from their teacher, explaining the reason for their correspondence. “After writing letters to Louis Sachar, my class started talking about the C. I. A. reading program …

How Research Explains the Design of the Read Side by Side Reading Program

rsbsadmin C.I.A. Approach, Comprehension, Comprehension strategies, Motivation, Peter Dewitz, Reading, Research, Text structure 0 Comments

What should you be looking for in a research based reading program?  In this blog, learn about how motivation, comprehension strategies, text structure, and transfer of training make the Read Side by Side Reading Program the perfect choice for your next reading adoption! Once a reader has developed fluent word recognition skills and begins to encounter harder and longer pieces …

Using Turn and Talk Stems Across the Globe

rsbsadmin C.I.A. Approach, ELL, Sarah Collinge, Turn and Talk 0 Comments

Earlier this month, Bethany and I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Macau near Hong Kong to work with teachers and English Language Learners in Hou Kong Premier School to learn many of the strategies of our C. I. A. curriculum. While there, we learned the power of turn and talk stems—a major part of the Read Side by Side …

Reading Test Prep: 6 Things You Are Already Doing

rsbsadmin Additional Activities, C.I.A. Approach, Sarah Collinge, Testing 1 Comment

  This is the time of year when teachers start to feel anxious about reading test prep for the upcoming high-stakes state assessments. No matter how effective your teaching has been all school year long, testing season raises doubts in teachers’ minds about whether or not they have done enough to prepare their students for state tests. So first, let …

Reading Stamina: The Wrong Goal

rsbsadmin C.I.A. Approach, Fluency, Independent Reading, Peter Dewitz, Testing 0 Comments

  I recently received an email from ReadWorks with the subject line, “Build Reading Stamina With Longer Passages.” My next email was from the Fantastic Mr. Fox advertising newly designed chicken coops. This blog is not a specific attack on the website ReadWorks, or other sites offering passages for reading instruction, but an examination of reading stamina and its place …

Onward into 2017!

rsbsadmin Sarah Collinge, Year End Review 0 Comments

2016 marks a year of growth for our small but mighty company! Watching our finances go from red to black as we make our materials more marketable for district wide adoptions has been exciting! This year we welcomed public schools, charter schools, and private schools adopting the Read Side by Side Reading Materials (C. I. A.) for their comprehensive ELA …

Happy 5th Birthday, Read Side by Side!

rsbsadmin Sarah Collinge, Uncategorized 1 Comment

Did you know that only half of small businesses survive at least 5 years? (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.)  This is why I am so happy and proud to announce the 5th birthday of my growing company, Read Side by Side Publications LLC.  Why have we made it to year five? 1. Our company is defined by these three goals: …

Hooked on CIA: Reflections on the Year

rsbsadmin 4th Grade, Ryan Painter, Year End Review 0 Comments

My CIA experience this year was AMAZING!  My students are hooked on the CIA reading program!  Here are our teacher and student reflections on the year: Teacher Reflection One of the biggest things I have noticed from my students this year is their confidence in reading and writing.  They have all made huge strides in my classroom this year.  I …

looking back

Janet’s Year End Review – Looking Back

rsbsadmin 4th Grade, Janet Erickson, Year End Review 0 Comments

Looking Back It’s hard to believe another school year is complete.  This year will be one that I always remember with fondness; the students in my class were exceptionally kind, eager to learn, and attentive.  Pretty much a dream class… So I’ve been thinking back about the things that really stood out this year.  I started Shiloh, the first CIA …

Sarah’s Year End Review

rsbsadmin 3rd Grade, Sarah Linington, Year End Review 0 Comments

The students and I know our classroom would have been a very different place without CIA this year. I know: CIA determined our reading block structures (we missed it when we had breaks between). CIA set a social studies theme that helped us with our actual social studies big ideas. CIA helped me facilitate student independent work habits in a …

writing letters to augusta scattergood

Writing for Glory Be

rsbsadmin 3.4 Glory Be, Dawn Smith, Writing 0 Comments

My class has just finished reading our final CIA book of the year, Glory Be. As always, it is always bittersweet when we finish a book, but even more so with this book as it is the last time I was going to listen to the great discussions and ideas that my students have about a wonderful book. Spring seems …