Educational Topics, Professional Development, Reading, Writing

The Reading-Writing Relationship

When I began teaching English, I toyed with the idea of having separate days for reading and writing instruction.  I look back on that time and laugh at myself–how could I even conceive of separating the two?! Now that I’m wiser and more knowledgeable of the ways of teaching and learning, I want to share with you what I didn’t know then, about the connections between reading and writing.  

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Reading, Strategies for the Classroom, Teaching Methods

Scripted Read Alouds Aren’t Just For Elementary Students–But They’re Good For Them Too!

As a teacher of all things literacy, I’m a big fan of the scripted read aloud.  Call it what you will: read aloud, directed reading thinking activity (DR-TA), or directed reading activity (DRA), the purpose is the same.  The teacher reads aloud to the student and regularly checks for comprehension, asks high level questions, and encourages students to think deeply about the text.  

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