PK-3 Writing Instruction ResourcesThe non-profit website Reading Rockets has an extensive collection of resources related to writing instruction for grades PK – 3.
Here’s what you will find at the Looking at Writing section of the Reading Rockets website:
- Writing samples from real kids
- Advice about instruction based on samples
- Guidance on writing assessment
- Writing resources
- Videos of nationally recognized experts on writing instruction
The information is organized by grade level, starting with PreK and ending with grade 3....
Content Literacy Instruction for K-8 ELLsAre you teaching and supporting English language learners (ELLs) as they acquire academic vocabulary, learn from increasingly complex informational texts, and tackle analytical writing?
If so, you will want to review the Institute of Education Science’s practice guide, Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School (Baker et al, 2014).
The guide is IES’s first upgrade for ELLs since 2007 and it is aligned to the Common Core literacy standards. It expands the scope to middle school and shifts the focus away from “beginning reading” and early reading intervention to academic language and academic vocabulary......
The Best Baby Shower Gift: Books!I recently received an invite to a baby shower, and as I packed a gift bag of books for the expectant parents, it reminded of the terrific work that the non-profit organization of medical providers, Reach Out and Read, has been doing since 1989. They promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms across the country by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
Books for babies and toddlers are the only gift I consider giving at new baby celebrations because reading to young children is more valuable than anything else you might buy in a baby store.....
Recount: Is it Relevant?What is this “recount” thing in grades 2 and 3? What did the architects of the Common Core Standards mean when they put that in? Was it purposeful, or as some have suggested, simply an oversight? I have asked multiple audiences, made up of teachers, administrators and support staff who work with students in the primary grades what they think, their responses are always mixed. Some shake their heads, agreeing that of course the word choice was purposeful, while others are not as convinced. A search of the web nets similar results.
Whether you believe the Common Core Standards are “sloppy” or “intentional and nuanced”, I ask you to consider if this insertion makes sense. As an experienced educator, having worked with primary level students as a classroom teacher, special educator, and reading specialist, I believe that the movement from supplying a retell to producing a summary is much more of a leap than a step. When students must transition from “tell me everything you can remember about a story” to- “the main ideas, in order, with transition words” it involves an increased demand on, as well as a command and control of, both language and thinking skills. It also explains why teaches so often lament about their students’ lack of success with making this transition.....