Better Readers, Avid Readers—What Should the Goal of Literacy Instruction Be?

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For most educators the goal of reading instruction is to create better readers. For some better means a score on a standardized test, the 75% percentile. To others better means a higher reading level, a 5.0 GLE, a level 40 in fourth grade or meeting specific standards. All assume that the work of reading instruction is to develop a student’s …

Nonfiction in Unit 5.1, Earthquake Terror

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Get the full list of nonfiction links students will access during the 5th grade C. I. A. Unit of Study, Earthquake Terror. Click on the links to view and print each nonfiction article in this unit and book club! The more students know about the topic of a story, or nonfiction text, the greater their understanding and learning will be …

Nonfiction Pairings: Esperanza Rising

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Get the full list of nonfiction links students will access during the 6th grade C. I. A. Unit of Study, Esperanza Rising. Click on the links to view and print each nonfiction article!  The more students know about the topic of a story, or nonfiction text, the greater their understanding and learning will be as they read. Reading several texts …

Nonfiction Pairings: The Children of the Dust Bowl

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Get the full list of nonfiction links students will access during the 6th grade C. I. A. Unit of Study, The Children of the Dust Bowl. Click on the links to view and print each nonfiction article in this unit and book club!  The more students know about the topic of a story, or nonfiction text, the greater their understanding …

Nonfiction Pairings: The Westing Game

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Get the full list of nonfiction links students will access during the 6th grade C. I. A. Unit of Study, The Westing Game.  Click on links to view and print each nonfiction article in this unit and book club! The more students know about the topic of a story, or nonfiction text, the greater their understanding and learning will be as they …

Assigned Reading or Free Choice? The Illusion of Choice

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Should students’ reading in school be assigned or left to free choice? Before choice can be valuable, our students must first know what they like to read. They must be exposed to a variety of genres, topics, and authors and have pleasurable reading experiences that lead them to the next book. Find out more in this blog article by Dr. …

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

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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 …

Making Inferences: 6 Essential Strategies

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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 …

Background Knowledge for Streams to the River

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We are starting Streams to the River this month just as we are finishing our Native American unit in Social Studies.  This year we studied the Pacific Coastal People in a Story Path.  This curriculum leads the students through an interactive story about the Native Americans in our region of Washington.  At the beginning of the unit the classroom creates …

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Background Knowledge in Streams

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One reason I love the third CIA unit for 4th grade, Streams to the River, River to the Sea, is the opportunity to integrate Social Studies content and skills throughout the book.  Students use skills like reading maps, making and using timelines, and of course learning about the explorers and Native Americans of the Northwest.  They will start using these …

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Building Background for Martin Luther King

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The third graders and I have been waiting excitedly to jump into our next CIA unit… Frustratingly, my actual start date of the Martin Luther King, Jr. biography unit kept getting pushed back, first as I gathered and prepared my materials, then as I fit it into our district unit of study in nonfiction, and finally as I stayed home …

Using Outside Text for Background Knowledge

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As we are starting our second unit this year (Shiloh) I try to pull in as many different resources that I can to help build the background knowledge for the students.  This helps everyone get a better understanding of the setting (time or place) of the story and help create any visuals needed to increase comprehension.  You can continue to …

Building Background Knowledge

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Building background knowledge depends on what my students already know and can do. At the beginning of the year, I give them a couple of surveys so I can get to know something about them fast. I also try to do an individual reading survey with them to get an idea of what they are currently reading and their likes …

Building Background Knowledge for MLK

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The Importance of Background Knowledge Over the winter break, I went to go see the movie The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug. I really enjoyed the movie a lot! I’ve read the book, The Hobbit, saw the cartoon version as a kid, and watched the first installment of the series the night before. I’ve also read and then watched …