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About theliteracycookbook

In addition to this blog, I am the creator of THE LITERACY COOKBOOK Website (www.literacycookbook.com) and ONLY GOOD BOOKS Blog (http://onlygoodbooks.wordpress.com/), and the author of THE LITERACY COOKBOOK: A Practical Guide to Effective Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Instruction (Jossey-Bass, 2012), LITERACY AND THE COMMON CORE: Recipes for Action (Jossey-Bass, 2014), and USING GRAMMAR TO IMPROVE WRITING: Recipes for Action (BookBaby, 2018). Check out my Website for more information about my consulting work.

Recommended Reading: UNLOCKING THE POWER OF CLASSROOM TALK

“Who’s your favorite listener?” I’d never thought about this question until this morning, as I was reading UNLOCKING THE POWER OF CLASSROOM TALK: Teaching Kids to Talk with Clarity and Purpose, by Shana Frazin and Katy Wischow. But then I … Continue reading

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NEW Grammar Resources!

Hi, all—I’ve been working in the field with teachers, testing out lessons based on my book USING GRAMMAR TO IMPROVE WRITING. I’m excited to report that these lessons are WORKING! When asked to reflect on “What surprised you about this … Continue reading

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MY LATEST BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE!!!

Friends– I am super-excited to announce that my latest book is now available! HIT THE DRUM: An Insider’s Account of How the Charter School Idea Became a National Movement is a page-turning narrative that tells the stories of dozens of key … Continue reading

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PARCC RST Prep: How to Connect Note-taking to Sentence Writing

Whether you are in the throes of “test prep season” or not, it’s important to teach students how to take effective notes (i.e., brief and suited to the question at hand) and turn those notes into sentences (then paragraphs and … Continue reading

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A HELPFUL RESOURCE FOR DISCOUNTED BOOKS: First Book Marketplace

If you work with students from underserved communities and want to secure FREE/DISCOUNTED BOOKS for them, you should check out First Book Marketplace! “First Book is a non-profit social enterprise that provides new books and educational resources—for free and at … Continue reading

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How to Use Rewordify.com to Make Your Life Easier

I’ve mentioned Rewordify.com before here. Now I’d like to emphasize how useful this Website can be! If you want to use a text that might be too much of a stretch for some students to read independently, you could copy … Continue reading

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DESIGNING EFFECTIVE DO NOWS

[This post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb.  It is excerpted from my book Literacy and the Common Core: Recipes for Action, and adds some new ideas.] When you ask teachers what they would call Do Nows if … Continue reading

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How to Help Students Explain Their Ideas in Writing

[This post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb.] By Sarah Tantillo with Bianca Licata Probably the most common problem we see in students’ writing at every level is their struggle to explain. Even students who can generate a … Continue reading

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How to Blend Grammar into Daily ELA Instruction

[This post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb.] One of the most common concerns I hear from ELA teachers is “I want to teach grammar, but I’m not sure how to fit it in.” This post explains a … Continue reading

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Narrative Writing Feedback Tools

Following up on my recent post about writing feedback in general, this post offers two tools targeting NARRATIVE writing specifically. As I’ve said many times before, I don’t believe in “peer editing,” which strikes me as “the blind leading the … Continue reading

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