ELA Coach's Corner

Monthly Literacy Newsletter for FTS, by Holli Van

May Coaching Menu

Please use the linked google form to suggest topics in which you would be interested (for future months)! Thank you to those who have already made suggestions! :) http://goo.gl/forms/99F2odx4Sd



May Offerings

(to sign up, email me with dates and times that work for you!)


  • Literature Circles / Book Clubs -- Scheduling, routines, mini-lessons, facilitating, assessing... you choose the focus! I can come to your classroom during literature circles before and / or after we meet to further personalize our discussion and the resources I share with you.
  • District Goal -- Do you have students who have not yet reached a 3 for Development of Ideas on the district PCR rubric? I will come to work 1:1 or in a small group with these students, and reassess them when I am done.

Follow Me, Read Me, Try Me!

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Strategy of the Month

Revealing a Character's Perspective in Fiction

Smart writers use a variety of narrative strategies to reveal a character's perspective throughout the story.

  • Give small and specific character actions.
  • Use strong verbs, adverbs, and adjectives.
  • Give a vivid image of what is happening, physically, to the character.
  • Use figurative language.
  • Share character thoughts.
  • Describe what a character sees through his / her eyes... follow with character reaction.
See Van's sample paragraph for this lesson here:


https://docs.google.com/document/d/10FRKetTLSsUDH-F1shtHahz-2fImeHBnOOR-uj8r9IY/edit

** Important May Dates **

District Data in Genesis

Monday, May 16th, 8am

384 West Main Street

Freehold, NJ

All district data (pre and post) must be entered into the Assessments tab no later than 8:00 AM on 5/16.

ELA Department Meeting

Tuesday, May 24th, 2:45pm

384 West Main Street

Freehold, NJ

Holli Van Albanese

ELA Program Coordinator

Clifton T. Barkalow Middle School

Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School