What We Learned at the TCEA 2020 Convention & Exposition

Austin was the learning capital of the world last week as TCEA 2020 and its attendees moved into the convention center. If you couldn’t be […]

Main Idea Cards

Have you tried our Main Idea Cards? This strategy is a great way to improve reading comprehension with metacognition and close reading. It also helps […]

Evaluating Author's Voice

Here is a versatile handout that allows students to evaluate author's voice by giving examples and evidence for the words they use to describe. You […]

Making Connections

While the KWL Chart can be a great teaching and learning tool, it doesn't always suffice for individual learning. I created this tool for making […]

Close Reading with "Thank You, Ma'am"

I may be behind the curve, but I am so excited to have been introduced to Kylene Beers's Notice and Note Signposts close reading strategies! No, […]

Poetry Stations Page Updated

Poetry Stations Updated!   As promised, the Poetry Stations are now posted! Student directions, materials, and printables are now available for download on the "Poetry […]

Teaching Students to Interpret Author's Clues

The skills making inferences and drawing conclusions are umbrella terms that include an array of literacy skills. The following presentation focuses on introducing students to an overview […]

Text Structures and Organizational Patterns

This activity follows direct instruction on each organizational patterns and text structures. Students use signal words, main ideas, and text structures to determine which text […]

Text Coding: An Analytical Approach

Text coding is a great tool for metacognition. Like other forms of annotating, text coding allows readers to actively track their thinking and monitor their […]

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