Integrating Primary Sources into Language Arts Lessons

Although primary sources are most associated with teaching social studies, integrating them into language arts lessons will help students develop a deeper understanding of the content. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, primary sources are original materials that haven’t been filtered through interpretation. These could be photographs, manuscripts, recordings, interviews, newspaper clippings, or any other […]

Teaching Grammar that Supports the Science of Reading

When the research behind the science of reading fundamentally changed the way teachers delivered their literacy instruction, teaching grammar was certainly not at the forefront of anyone’s mind. The biggest shift in teaching (especially in the upper grades) occurred with phonics instruction. However, it’s essential to look at all of the strands of language comprehension, […]

Planning a Language Arts Schedule (How To Fit It All In!)

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A question I’m commonly asked by upper elementary teachers in regards to using mentor texts is just how to plan a schedule that can fit it all in… for some teachers, outside forces make it very difficult. Strict mandates from your administration or bell schedules obviously cannot be helped. (If you have 45 minutes for […]

The Ultimate Guide to Mentor Texts for Teachers

Mentor texts should be used to teach multiple skills and subjects to engage students and maximize teaching time.

Mentor texts are pieces of literature that are read (and re-read) in order to be understood, studied, and used as models. A good mentor text should serve many purposes. My most favorite (and most suggested) types of mentor texts are picture books. Why picture books? Picture books are short and sweet. Generally, you can get […]