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We look at nonfiction in classroom libraries in this week's Big Fresh.
Katherine Sokolowski has suggestions for organizing and hosting a Mock Newbery Club in the weeks before the award is given in late January.
This cluster on nonfiction writing includes contributions from Ann Marie Corgill, Linda Karamatic, Beth Lawson, Heather Rader, and Franki Sibberson.
Sean Moore shares the importance of using a writing notebook to discover topics in this minilesson with his second-grade students from early in the year.
Middle school teachers Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller focus on winter in short texts as the theme of their December Literacy Contracts in the latest installment of their year-long series.
Franki Sibberson writes about how her thinking about nonfiction is changing her classroom library in this first installment of a four-part series.
Conferring is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Tony Keefer confers with fourth grader Tommy to help him write a stronger ending.
Ruth Ayres confers with Ezra about revision -- using a mentor text to help him move from reporting to crafting in his writing.
Ruth Ayres explains how deciding the purpose of conferring in advance can lead to more powerful conferences.
Katherine Sokolowski describes how she worked over the past few years to initiate better reading conferences.
Connecting classrooms with tech tools is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Karen Terlecky explains how she designs instruction and uses mentor texts to teach theme, and includes a video example of a minilesson.
How to teach theme is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Shared reading and shared writing are essential instructional techniques in the primary grades. How about shared blogging for teaching children basic blogging skills? Cathy Mere describes how it works.
If you've ever used a Kindle Reader, you might be fascinated by the highlighted notes of other readers. Franki Sibberson uses those notes in a conference with Nicole.
The November installment of Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller's yearlong literacy contract series has a theme of family and memoir.
Kelly Petrin meditates on the importance of trust and patience when looking for ways to connect with preschoolers.
Student partnerships are the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
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