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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.

ONLINE LEARNING: How to Engage Students Using Zoom

Let’s say you’ve read my previous post and are now able to run secure Zoom meetings: so, no more crazy people Zoom-bombing your students.  Good. The next challenge is how not to bore the participants.  You don’t want to talktalktalk … Continue reading

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ONLINE LEARNING: Zoom Problems and Solutions (Week 1)

In this brave new world of online instruction, many of us have turned to Zoom as a communications platform for meetings and classes.  Although Zoom can be super-helpful, it’s also problematic. This past week, the middle schools I work with … Continue reading

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ONLINE LEARNING: Now What?

If you work in a school, you completely understand this title.  For many of us, our schools closed very abruptly.  Although we were not oblivious to the news about COVID-19, we did not have time to plan much.  We did … Continue reading

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PARCC Prep: Research Simulation Task Writing Lesson Cycle UPDATED 2-2-2020

[The original version of this post can be found here.] In New Jersey, where I live and work, the state’s most recent test specs for NJSLA (formerly known as PARCC and quite honestly the same test with a different name) … Continue reading

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PARCC Prep: Literary Analysis Writing Lesson Cycle UPDATED, 1-28-2020

[The original version of this post can be found here.  I’ve added some new resources and updated explanations.] As many of you know, I have written numerous posts on how to teach literary analysis writing HERE. You will want to … Continue reading

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Strengthening Habits of Discourse: Lessons Learned, Part 1

One thing I think we can all agree on is that we live in a world full of communication challenges. No matter where you stand on any issue, it can be difficult to conduct well-informed, respectful conversations with people who … Continue reading

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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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