Literacy Connections

A Weekly Round Up of Literacy Links & Resources

March 8, 2015

Ideas for supporting conferring, both in writing and reading, can be found in this week's newsletter. I'm also sharing with you some new thinking I'm synthesizing around nonfiction text, thanks in part to the work of children's author, Melissa Stewart. You'll also find another one of my favorite technology platforms for supporting and encouraging authentic reading lives, and some my favorite new picture books that I highly recommend as read alouds and additions to your classroom libraries.

Happy Reading!


Reading Logs Go Digital

BiblioNasium, is a web-based, interactive, engaging site where students can keep track of their reading lives. Part kids social network, part parent's guide, part educator's tool, BiblioNasium blends technology with personal connection to create a supportive, engaging space for reading success. Once you have your classroom set up, you can recommend books, set challenges, and share your own reading. Students can also recommend books to each other, write book reviews, and use the reading log feature. This website is completely FREE, and complies with FTC's Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, making it completely safe for children under the age of 13.

Tailoring Our Teaching: Conferring with Our Youngest Writers

Those of you who work with our youngest writers have so many things that need support, it's often hard to know what to pick when conferring with your writers. Betsy Hubbard shares tips for why, what, and how to confer with those students. Click here to read Betsy's post

The Amazing Cure for Students Who Won't Write

I bet that title got your attention! We've all had at least one...I've had several in one class. Those students who, for whatever reason, just do not get writing down on the page. Elizabeth Moore shares a hard truth...there are NO magic fixes. But she shares some ideas for digging deeper with those resistant writers.

Click here to read Elizabeth's post at The Two Writing Teacher's Blog.

Ways to Classify Non-Fiction

I've been stretching my own understanding around non-fiction, particularly after spending some time in children's author, Melissa Stewart's sessions at #nErDcampnne back in January. My thinking is shifting and expanding around the various nuances of non-fiction as I've been reading about the different "voices" that can be found in this genre.

Click here to read Melissa's post.

Top 10 Ways to Get Students Talking

We can't forget that conferring stretches across both writing AND reading. What we say, the questions we ask, can make or break the conferring sessions we have with our readers. We must spend time helping them talk about what they are reading. After all, these conversations are often oral rehearsals for the writing about reading we ask readers to do.

Tammy Mulligan, Literacy Consultant and co-author of Assessment in Perspective, shares her top 10 questions to students talking about their reading. Click here to read the post.

The Book Buzz

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