Category Archives: Comprehension

Essential Literacy Work Before You Begin Test Prep

Here are some things to work on before you begin preparing students for the genre of standardized testing this year: Review/teach The Comprehension Process using the TLC Comprehension Process Staircase here. You will need an anchor chart of this process … Continue reading

Posted in Argument, Assessment(s), Close Reading, Compare and Contrast, Comprehension, Evidence, Explanation, How vs. Why, Literacy and the Common Core BOOK, Literary Analysis Writing, Narrative Writing, Paragraph writing, Paraphrasing, PARCC, Research Writing, Resources, Skimming, Summarizing, Test Prep, TLC Website Resources, Topic Sentences, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

PARAPHRASING: Step One in the Comprehension Process

[This post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb on August 16, 2016.] If you are trying to decide what to teach in the first few weeks of school, I have some advice: No matter what grade or subject … Continue reading

Posted in Close Reading, Comprehension, Curriculum, ELA Common Core Standards, MiddleWeb, Paraphrasing, Reading, Reading Informational Text, Reading Literature, Resources, The Literacy Cookbook BOOK, TLC Website Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

For my AP Language and Composition Friends: SOAPSTONE Organizer

I’m spending this week trying to learn more about AP tests (at a conference organized by KIPP, thanks!), and in the AP Language and Composition section, we had a fascinating discussion about the use of SOAPSTONE, an acronym for a type … Continue reading

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The Most Important Common Core Reading Standard

[The following post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb on Oct. 6, 2015.] I know we’re probably not supposed to have favorites when it comes to the Common Core Standards, but I do. I fell in love with … Continue reading

Posted in Analyzing the Common Core Standards, Comprehension, Curriculum, Differentiation, ELA Common Core Standards, Essential Questions, How vs. Why, Questioning, Reading Informational Text, TLC Website Resources, Trajectory Analysis | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

12 Ways to Get Students Speaking & Listening: Part 2 of a two-part “Speaking and Listening” Series

[The following post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb on August 30, 2015, and it is based on an excerpt from The Literacy Cookbook (Jossey-Bass, 2012).] In Part I, we looked at why oral fluency is so important. … Continue reading

Posted in Comprehension, ELA Common Core Standards, Inference, Lesson-planning, MiddleWeb, Oral Fluency, Paraphrasing, Questioning, Speaking and Listening, The Literacy Cookbook BOOK | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Unlocking Student Learning by Improving Oral Fluency: Part 1 of a two-part “Speaking and Listening” Series

[The following post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb on August 26, 2015 and it is based on an excerpt from The Literacy Cookbook (Jossey-Bass, 2012).] Of all the ways you can improve learning in your school, the Number 1 … Continue reading

Posted in Comprehension, MiddleWeb, Mindset, Oral Fluency, Speaking and Listening, Teach Like a Champion, The Literacy Cookbook BOOK | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Another Helpful Reading Resource: Smithsonian TweenTribune

If you are looking for more resources to support nonfiction reading, The Smithsonian TweenTribune is a FREE online educational service offered by the Smithsonian for use by K-12 grade teachers and students. TTribune consists of daily news sites for kids, … Continue reading

Posted in Comprehension, Curriculum, DBQ Approach, ELA Common Core Standards, Independent Reading, Inference, Lesson-planning, Main Idea, Media Literacy, Nonfiction, Paraphrasing, PARCC, Reading, Reading Informational Text, Recommended Reading, Research, Resources, Test Prep, Text Selection, TLC Website Resources, Vocabulary, Vocabulary in Context | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Professional Development Ideas to Support Literacy Instruction

This has been a particularly challenging year in our field. As teachers and school leaders continue to wrestle with how best to prepare students to meet and exceed the Common Core Standards, I would like to humbly submit some professional … Continue reading

Posted in Analyzing the Common Core Standards, Argument, Assessment(s), Close Reading, Comprehension, Curriculum, DBQ Approach, ELA Common Core Standards, Essential Questions, Events, Evidence, Explanation, Grant Wiggins, Inference, Lesson-planning, Literacy and the Common Core BOOK, Literacy Manipulatives, Literary Analysis Writing, Main Idea, Narrative Writing, Nonfiction, Novels, Paraphrasing, PARCC, Presentations, Professional Development, Quadrant Analysis, Reading, Reading Informational Text, Reading Literature, Research Writing, Resources, RPM Objectives, Socratic Seminars, Test Prep, Text Selection, The Literacy Cookbook BOOK, TLC Website Resources, Trajectory Analysis, Unit-planning, Using Data, Vocabulary, Vocabulary in Context, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Common Core and PARCC Prep: More Reading Resources!

One of our biggest challenges in preparing students to meet and exceed the ELA Common Core Standards is finding appropriate texts as we revise curriculum. Here are two more Websites that offer helpful resources: Achievethecore.org is “full of free content … Continue reading

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Literary Analysis Task: How to Infer Themes from a Text (CCS #2)

While working with teachers on how to prepare students for the PARCC Literary Analysis Writing Task (see my previous blog here), we realized that students were struggling with Common Core Reading Anchor Standard #2: “Determine central ideas or themes of … Continue reading

Posted in Analyzing the Common Core Standards, Assessment(s), Character Analysis, Comprehension, ELA Common Core Standards, Inference, Lesson-planning, Literary Analysis Writing, PARCC, Questioning, Reading, Reading Literature, Themes, Thesis Statements, TLC Website Resources, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments