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Higher Order Thinking Questions for Grammar and Writing

We don’t often think of using higher order thinking questions, or Bloom’s Taxonomy above level 1 and 2, within grammar and writing instruction. In fact, when looking at sample higher order thinking question stems to use within your classroom, many of them specifically relate to reading and math! For students to reach their highest potential, […]

Enrich Students’ Reading, Writing, and Speaking Vocabulary

Teachers are aware that understanding vocabulary is crucial to reading comprehension, but we want students to do more than just “know it when they read it.” We hope our students can adopt these words into their repertoire and improve their writing and speaking vocabulary as well. As I mentioned in this past post filled with […]

What Should I Do During Each Close Read?

Honest talk here. Close reading turns those mini-lessons into MAXI-lessons if you try to fit in all that you want to do with a text in one day. Let’s look at why: Even though close reading is done with short texts, the time it takes to dig deep shouldn’t be short because… the texts should […]