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  1. Professional Development | Grades   3 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Ten Important Words Plus: A Strategy for Building Word Knowledge
    The strategy presented in this article can be used to build and enrich students' understanding of words in any subject area.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    The Literature Circle: Reading Like a Writer
    Reading internalizes every aspect of good writing—if you're reading good writing, which most middle school textbooks aren't. Here are criteria and suggestions for good content-area articles and trade nonfiction books.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    The Middle School High Five: Strategies Can Triumph
    A literacy support teacher leads a district-wide initiative to organize content-area teachers in an effort to help their students become better readers by offering instruction and practice in five reading strategies across the curriculum.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    The (Un)Making of a Reader
    Through looking critically at the underpinnings of "story mapping, a teacher uncovers a contradiction between the author's definition of reading as a constructive process and the reductionist nature of story mapping, which she shows inhibits students' potential to explore a diverse range of personal responses by promoting comprehension over response, uniformity over diversity, and control over freedom.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    To Grammar or Not to Grammar: That Is Not the Question!
    Argues that, taught in the context of writing, grammar can enhance and improve students' writing. Offers classroom examples showing how: good preparation for writing fosters good grammar and detail; students can use grammatical and syntactic constructions used by professional authors as models for their own writing; and how to help students learn revision strategies at the sentence and paragraph level.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Undoing the Great Grammatical Scam
    Grammar should be taught in the context of students' own writing: "we learn what we actually have the opportunity to practice and do in the real world."
  7. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Violent Red, Ogre Green, and Delicious White: Expanding Meaning Potential through Media
    This article reports on the meaning potential of daily access to drawing/writing media for widening and deepening meaning construction.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Walk with Light: Guiding Students through the Conventions of Literary Analysis
    Burdan shares some common misconceptions surrounding literary analysis and describes activities that help students understand "the play of language."
  9. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Comprehension
    This article presents a model of comprehension to support classroom teachers as they engage their students in making meaning from text.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Writing with Voice
    Tom Romano leads students to allow themselves creative freedom while developing the patience to hone that first rush into a tight and effective piece of writing with voice.

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