Literacy Connections

A Bi-weekly Round Up of Literacy Links & Resources

September 13, 2015

I hope that you enjoyed a relaxing summer filled with family and friends! I always look forward to the fresh starts that September brings to our learning environments.

I will be sending out a bi-weekly newsletter again this year. The content in each issue will vary, depending on what comes across cyberspace, but you can expect each edition to include resources and book recommendations that support the work you are doing in your classrooms.

If you find information or links that you think would be good to share here on Literacy Connections, please email them to me and I'll add them on a future edition.

Happy Reading!


My Schedule

Mast Landing School: My office is located on the bottom floor in the Soule Wing. I am in the building on Monday & Wednesday all day.

Durham Community School: My work space is on the Kindergarten hallway in Room 121. I am in the building on Tuesday & Thursday all day.

I alternate Fridays between the two buildings. I will be at DCS on 9/18 and at MLS on 9/25.

Global Read Aloud

The Global Read Aloud was created by Pernille Ripp in 2010 with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world. Now with five years under our belt and more than 500,000 connections made in 60 different countries, we realize we are on to something larger than us so we look forward to continuing the global connections.

The premise is simple; pick a book to read aloud to your students during a set 6-week period and during that time try to make as many global connections as possible. You decide how much time you would like to dedicate and how involved you would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. In the past teachers have used Twitter, Skype, Edmodo, our wiki, email, regular mail, Kidblog, Tackk, and any other tools they could think of to make these connections. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year.

If you are interested in participating, you can find all the resources you could possibly need here.

Two Writing Teachers: Creating Classroom Environments to Launch the School Year

Writers at the Two Writing Teachers blog (really there are NINE teacher writers) hosted a fantastic blog series on creating classroom environments. ICYMI (In case you missed it) here are the links to each post.

Making Space for Partnerships by Anna Gratz Cockerille

Charts to Start the Year by Betsy Hubbard

Introducing Writer's Notebooks by Dana Murphy

Paper Choices by Elizabeth Moore

Starting the Year with Empty Walls by Stacey Shubtiz

Places for Writers to Grow by Kathleen Sokolowski

Are You Ready for Technology by Deb Frazier

Setting Up for Middle School Writing Workshop by Tara Smith

The Reading Strategies Book Webinar

Heinemann Publishers has posted a FREE hour long webinar with Jennifer Serravallo focused on the book you all received at the end of last school year, The Reading Strategies Book. You can access the webinar here.

Reading Units of Study~Latest News

If you haven't already, don't forget to access the Online Resources for your Reading Units Of Study. This digital resource is in place of the CD that you have for the Writing Units of Study. By having the resources on line, TC will be able to continually update them without having to re-publish anything.

You need to register your FREE account at . After you have set up your account, enter the grade specific code found on the inside cover of the Guide to Reading Workshop book.

If you need help setting up your account, please let me know and I'll help you.

The 'Latest News' is the first option to expand:

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The Book Buzz

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