K-6 ELA Resources & Updates


Characters, Characters, Characters

As we study fiction with our students, we must talk about characters. Every character has motivations, struggles, and personality traits the readers must pay close attention to in the story. We need to model and discuss characters with our students through our read alouds.

If you have access to the Notice & Note book by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst there are lessons recognizing character development, internal conflict, and the relationships of setting to the plot. (I have a few books left, but I know your CARE teachers will be happy to help you get your hands on a copy of the book.)

Contrasts and Contradictions (page 114-127) -- Students are taught to identify where the story reveals a contrast (between the behavior of one group of characters and that of another group) or a contradiction (between how a single character acted at an earlier point and how he/she now acts). These lessons give you the materials you and the students will need, the anchor chart you will share with the students, and the comprehension questions to ask the students.

Question Stems:

  • Why would the character act (feel) this way?
  • What do you know about (character)? What words/text evidence does the author use to show you?
  • What are (character's) strengths? Weaknesses? What words and phrases does the author use for each?
  • How does the main character treat other characters? What evidence does the author include?
  • How does the main character change throughout the story? What evidence does the author include?
  • How does the author show each character's feelings?

Ways to assess student's understanding of characters without only using a worksheet:

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Oral and Written Conventions & Our Students

As we struggle to teach everything our students need to know, we have to make the effort to add oral and written convention studies (grammar) into our daily lessons. Most of the grammar TEKS build from year to year. If we can commit to making sure our students MASTER their grammar skills at your grade level it will keep the next grade level from starting all over.

For example, 5th grade teachers should not have to reteach what common and proper nouns are to the students. Their noun TEKS read: 5.20 Aii: Students continue to apply earlier standards with greater complexity. Students are expected to use and understand the function of the following parts of speech in the context of reading, writing, and speaking: collective nouns (e.g., class, public);

Our goal is to teach our students to take their grammar instruction and use it correctly in their everyday writing. We need to keep our students accountable for their learning and make sure we correct them when they do not accurately show it in their writing.

Same with spelling! We need to keep students accountable for words on their high-frequency word lists in all of their writing on a consistent basis. It is only fair to them!

TCRWP Videos for Conferring

A Reading Conference: Assessment-Based Responsive Teaching to Support Comprehension ( K-2 )
Assessment-Based Conferring to Raise the Level of Narrative Writing so the Writer can Convey Events Precisely (3-5)

Intervention Reminders for WIN Time

We are all getting our feet wet with WIN time this year! It is important to keep all of your positive vibes going as you start planning interventions with your students. As a reminder, Istation and the CISD RtI Intervention Menus will help you with determining which interventions and progress monitoring measures could be used that are researched-based.

Make sure to add the Intervention Menu to your favorites for easy access!


Password: dragons

Also, Istation has great information and lessons to help you with WIN time block. Once students have taken the ISIP then pull the Priority Report. The Priority Report will show the students who need Istation Tier 2 or Istation Tier 3 interventions. The program will also show you the lessons to teach the students to meet their need. Below are a few screenshots to help you understand what I mean.


1. Click your classroom

2. Click Priority Report under Related Reports

3. Browse the students and where the intervention needs to take place.

4. Click on Resource Details

5. Find the lesson to start on and push print

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Fall Collaboration and Planning Opportunities

I know most of you already have enough Flex Hours for this school year, but I also know grade level collaboration and planning across the district is beneficial for everyone. I want to offer you guys an afternoon to come to discuss planning, ideas, ask questions, and time to collaborate.

Kinder- Tuesday, October 20th https://eduphoria.southlakecarroll.edu/wshop/default.aspx?cid=5894

1st- Tuesday, October 20th


2nd- Thursday, October 22nd


3rd- Tuesday, October 27th


4th- Tuesday, October 4th


5th- No time designated, but we can always add one to fit your needs.

6th- No time designated, but we can always add one to fit your needs.