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 …

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 …

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Glory Be: Charts and Vocabulary

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“But it was so much fun!” This was in response (from my most busy girl) to a very long catch-up reading session, after which I drooped and said, “Thank you for sticking with it today. That was a lot of work!” When she said that, I perked back up. She was right—it was fun! We co-created charts (we’re old hands …

Teaching Genre with Glory Be

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Glory Be Has Begun! After we came back from Spring Break, we started our final CIA unit of the school year, Glory Be. I was afraid that my students would have forgotten some of the important ideas that we had learned about segregation and the Civil Rights movement from our Martin Luther King Jr CIA unit. My class proved me …

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 …