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  1. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Finding the Thread: Character, Setting, and Theme
    An annotated bibliography of books that exemplify the plot elements, character, setting, and theme. Includes guidelines on how to do a book talk.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Flip-A-Chip to Build Vocabulary
    This word-game strategy builds vocabulary and comprehension while motivating students.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    "Framing Texts: New Strategies for Student Writers"
    Using children's picture books, Deborah Dean provided frameworks for student research papers that avoided the pitfalls leading to voiceless and encyclopedic writing. Research guide sheets; class analysis of text organization, sentence variety, stylistic choices; and peer review all contribute to interesting final papers.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Fresh Perspectives on New Literacies and Technology Integration
    This article provides practical ideas for integrating technologies into the classroom in ways that honor students' out-of-school technology funds of knowledge.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    From Sheryl Crow to Homer Simpson: Literature and Composition through Pop Culture
    High school teacher Jerome Evans makes popular culture an integral part of his courses. Through analyzing themes in song lyrics, rhetorical devices in essays and advertisements, and psychology in contemporary film, students improve their skills in critical thinking and writing.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Graphic Novels in the Secondary Classroom and School Libraries
    This article examines the rise in popularity of graphic novels, the sales of which have steadily increased as their influence expands into adolescent culture.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    "Help! What Is Wrong With These Literature Circles and How Can We Fix Them?"
    The authors of this article offer some suggestions for how to improve literature circle discussions.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Inquiry at the Window: The Year of the Birds
    This science inquiry in a fourth-grade classroom affirms the importance of observation, questioning, reading, and writing to the inquiry process.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Joyful Noises: Creating Poems for Voices and Ears
    This article discusses the efforts of a fifth-grade teacher and a visiting poet to rekindle students' sense of poetic passion and pleasure and describes how the authors introduced students to poems for two voices.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Language and Literacy: The Poetry Connection
    Offers a conceptual framework for building language awareness through the reading of poetry, encouraging children to reflect on language in interesting and powerful ways. Provides an instructional model for constructing literature-based experiences in the classroom.

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