Workshop Session Summaries
1) Creating Contexts for Learning
This session examines how classroom organization, routines, and grouping practices can enhance literacy skills in the middle grades. Literacy expert Jeanne Paratore discusses teaching strategies and routines that foster reading and writing skills, illustrated by classroom examples.
2) Fluency and Word Study
This session focuses on how students in the intermediate grades can build their vocabulary and reading fluency. Literacy expert Richard Allington discusses specific teaching strategies that help build fluency and vocabulary, illustrated by classroom examples.
3) Building Comprehension
Comprehending text is one of the main goals of reading. In this session, literacy expert Nell Duke discusses what good readers do and strategies teachers can use to help students build comprehension skills. Classroom footage provides examples of comprehension strategies.
This workshop examines the relationship between reading and writing in the intermediate grades. Literacy expert Nadeen Ruiz discusses the connections, conventions, and inventions that provide a framework for teaching writing, illustrated by classroom examples.
5) New Literacies of the Internet
This workshop focuses on the evolving use of technology in education and the new literacies required by using the Internet. Literacy expert Donald Leu discusses strategies that help students effectively read, write, and communicate on the Internet, illustrated by classroom examples.
6) Teaching English Language Learners
Changing classroom demographics call for a range or teaching strategies. In this session, literacy expert Robert Jiménez discusses strategies teachers can use to create a successful learning environment for all students, while supporting English language learners. Classroom examples illustrate the research.
7) Teaching Diverse Learners
In this session, literacy expert Dorothy Strickland discusses how teachers can meet the diverse reading and writing needs among their students. Classroom examples show teaching strategies to address cultural, linguistic, and skill-level differences among students.
8) Assessment and Accountability
This session explores assessment, standards, and outcomes. Literacy expert Kathy Au discusses the strategies teachers can use to assess students' understanding in reading and writing. Classroom examples illustrate how students can participate in their own assessment.
Investigating Word Meaning
Using a passage from Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, Angie Zapata teaches her third graders how to use context clues to discover the meaning of unfamiliar words. Ms. Zapata's mini-lesson also models individual and small group work.
Fostering Book Discussions
Maria Blanco's third-grade class uses immigration as topic for a book group and writing exercise. Working in groups, students discuss what they read, ask questions, and make connections to their own lives.
Choosing Words Strategically
Caroline Cockman's third grade class is learning how to revise biographies using transitions and more descriptive nouns. A whole-group exercise models the revision process, and small group instruction focuses on students who need extra help in writing.
Revising for Clarity
Through a whole class mini-lesson and small group work, Tatiana With and her fourth-grade class explore the difference between editing and revising, with a focus on revision. In this lesson, Ms. With uses InFocus technology to model revision of an Indian folk tale.
Reading Across the Curriculum
Gage Reeve's mixed-grade class is learning new vocabulary and main ideas in a lesson on global warming. Students write their questions and use an idea tree to record main ideas and supporting details.
Looking at Cause and Effect
Holly Concannon and her fifth-grade class discuss cause and effect in a passage from Gary Paulsen's book, Wood Song. The lesson models grouping students for independent reading, as well as guided reading.
Close Reading for Understanding
Fifth-grade teacher Dana Robertson models strategic reading, and teaches his students the strategies readers use to comprehend the text. He then continues with small group instruction while other students work independently.
Eleanor Demont's fifth-grade class completes a mini-lesson using summarization as a comprehension strategy for reading non-fiction texts. Students examine the importance of differentiating what is interesting from what is important in a Social Studies unit on Ancient Egypt.
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