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Teaching Grammar that Supports the Science of Reading

When the research behind the science of reading fundamentally changed the way teachers delivered their literacy instruction, teaching grammar was certainly not at the forefront of anyone’s mind. The biggest shift in teaching (especially in the upper grades) occurred with phonics instruction. However, it’s essential to look at all of the strands of language comprehension, […]

Teaching Text Structure With Picture Books

Text structure is the way authors organize expository information for a specific purpose. Aside from the fact that it’s a required reading standard, it’s important to teach students to identify text structures in order to improve comprehension of a text. Using quality texts as explicit models and teaching about the organization and keywords used with […]

Planning a Language Arts Schedule (How To Fit It All In!)

A question I’m commonly asked by upper elementary teachers in regards to using mentor texts is just how to plan a schedule that can fit it all in… for some teachers, outside forces make it very difficult. Strict mandates from your administration or bell schedules obviously cannot be helped. (If you have 45 minutes for […]