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  • The Reading & Writing Project - Lucy Calkins The Reading & Writing ProjectTeachers, coaches and principals are always looking for better resources to strengthen their important work in classrooms. We support that work by putting up important and ...
    Posted Dec 29, 2012, 6:35 PM by Paul Ketko
  • Literacy Connections Literacy ConnectionsPromoting Literacy Skills and a Love of ReadingLiteracy Connections provides a wealth of information on reading, teaching and tutoring techniques, ESL literacy, and adult literacy. We recommend ...
    Posted Dec 29, 2012, 6:36 PM by Paul Ketko
  • Living the Life of a Reader and Writer My name is Jennifer Myers and I am second grade teacher at Barrett Elementary, located in the Morgan Hill Unified School District. When I teach there are many questions I ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2011, 11:02 PM by Paul Ketko
  • Two Writing Teachers TWO WRITING TEACHERS is a place:                                                                   For teachers to be fueled with a passion for teaching, writing, and living. For teachers to see the latest in research and ways to ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2011, 11:05 PM by Paul Ketko
  • Busy Teacher's Cafe This website hosts a wonderful selection of Literacy Strategies. The following are the key sections found on the site:  Reading  Writing  Word Work Literary Elements Writing Workshop Spelling Fluency Tired ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2011, 11:02 PM by Paul Ketko
  • Literacy Tools Literacy Tools  This website houses a variety of resources and materials that supports the teaching of literacy Key Sections Website Home Assessment - rubrics & forms, etc. Lesson Plans - literacy strategy lessons ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2011, 10:47 PM by Paul Ketko
  • Websites That Foster Reading These websites include interactive pages to promote reading and support at home. Select here to navigate to a list of websites.
    Posted Jan 1, 2011, 10:14 PM by Paul Ketko
  • Choice Literacy This highly recommended site is full of reading and writing tips, videos, author feedback and more. The free version of the site has a limited selection of materials for non ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2011, 9:30 PM by Paul Ketko
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The Reading & Writing Project - Lucy Calkins

posted Dec 29, 2012, 6:35 PM by Paul Ketko

The Reading & Writing Project
Teachers, coaches and principals are always looking for better resources to strengthen their important work in classrooms. We support that work by putting up important and useful resources that change throughout the year. We have examples of the sort of writing that students at every grade level, K-8, did during last year's units of study. The samples selected represent good work from the widest possible range of students. We also have many lists of recommended books. In addition, we have tools that you can use to assess your students' growth in writing and reading. Other materials, such as the TCRWP's 'curricular calendars' will soon be available from Heinemann by subscription.

As the Project extends its reach to more and more schools, we've come to realize that texts (as well as people) teach. The organization continuously puts our best thinking into texts that are meant to serve as demonstrations, guides, scaffolds...and as invitations to revise. We consider these materials living documents that continue to evolve. We share them with the expectation that you will use them and extend them. Please see Publications for a list of publications by TCRWP staff.

Literacy Connections

posted Dec 29, 2012, 6:31 PM by Paul Ketko

Promoting Literacy Skills and a Love of Reading

Literacy Connections provides a wealth of information on reading, teaching and tutoring techniques, ESL literacy, and adult literacy. We recommend resources that are useful for teachers, volunteers, and directors of literacy programs. Topics include the language experience approach, phonics, word study, word families, and the best in children's literature. 
 
 All About 
Reading Aloud

Why reading aloud is so important. How you can make it a meaningful experience. 
  Reading Comprehension
 The importance of reading  comprehension. Strategies  that increase active  participation in the reading  process.
 The Literacy 
Volunteer Tutor

Tips for volunteer tutors. Word games and phonics activities. How reading teachers and tutors can use literature to improve reading comprehension.
 

 Resources For 
 
Literacy Programs
 Suggested reading lists for  both older and younger  learners. How you can start  your literacy program on a  budget. Professional books for  teachers.

 Adult Literacy
Ways that volunteer tutors can fight adult illiteracy.
 

Especially For Reading Teachers

                                                                                                                                                         

 

 Second Language Literacy and 
Hispanic Literacy

ESL Literacy Links.  Resources for Spanish-speaking communities.
  Using Music to Build 
 
Reading Skills
 Recommendations from our  
 partner site, 
Songs for  Teaching: Using Music to  Promote Learning
 LC Store
Your purchases from our new store support this educational site. Selected books, alphabet charts, music, videos,and software to share the gift of reading.
  Links to Independent 
 
Literacy Programs
 These independent  organizations are eager for your help.
 Puppy Readers
Developed by a reading specialist, these electronic songbooks make reading fun.

  Success Stories and 
 Inspiring Quotations

Living the Life of a Reader and Writer

posted Jan 8, 2011, 11:00 PM by Paul Ketko

My name is Jennifer Myers and I am second grade teacher at Barrett Elementary, located in the Morgan Hill Unified School District. When I teach there are many questions I have that inform the way I teach. One of the biggest factors that guide my teaching is the students' work. I assess my students on a daily basis, and this is the key that guides what I need to teach and how often I need to teach it before my students have a clear understanding of the concept taught. Barrett Elementary has a diverse population of learners. Our school has a high number of second language learners. One question I often ask myself when I plan my instruction is, ‘How can I meet the needs of all learners in my class through differentiating my instruction?’ The lessons that I plan must be able to meet the needs of many different kinds of students in my class, whether they are on grade level, below it, or above it.

As you browse through my website, you will be able to observe some teaching practices I use on a daily basis in my classroom. Some things you will learn include:

Two Writing Teachers

posted Jan 3, 2011, 10:39 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jan 3, 2011, 11:05 PM ]

TWO WRITING TEACHERS is a place:                                                                  

  • For teachers to be fueled with a passion for teaching, writing, and living.
  • For teachers to see the latest in research and ways to apply it in their classrooms.
  • For us to “practice what we preach” by sharing our own writing.
  • To bring writing teachers together to share ideas and stretch each other’s thinking.
  • To reflect on our teaching — celebrating when it goes well and working it out when it doesn’t.
Home
Fiction
Independent Writing Projects
Launching Writing Workshop
Literary Essay
Memoir
Personal Essay
Personal Narrative
Persuasive Writing
Poetry  
Writer's Notebooks

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Literacy Tools

posted Jan 1, 2011, 10:31 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jan 3, 2011, 10:47 PM ]

Literacy Tools 
This website houses a variety of resources and materials that supports the teaching of literacy

Key Sections

Websites That Foster Reading

posted Jan 1, 2011, 9:45 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jan 1, 2011, 10:14 PM ]

These websites include interactive pages to promote reading and support at home. Select here to navigate to a list of websites.

Choice Literacy

posted Jul 11, 2010, 12:59 AM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jan 1, 2011, 9:30 PM by Paul Ketko ]

This highly recommended site is full of reading and writing tips, videos, author feedback and more. The free version of the site has a limited selection of materials for non-members. For the good materials, one has to pay $99 for a year's subscription to become a member and unlock the treasure trove of information...well worth it! You can also subscribe - free - to "The Big Fresh" weekly e-newsletter which has good information. The site focuses on literacy best practices such as the workshop model, proficient learner strategies, etc.

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