Good news! You can now watch Doug Buehl’s webinar on Meeting the Demands of the Common Core: Mentoring Readers of Science and Technical Texts on demand. Couldn’t make the live webinar? Want to review the information or share it with a colleague? Just click the link and watch the webinar whenever it’s convenient.
You’ll discover why integrating literacy practices into the flow of regular disciplinary instruction is integral to 21st-century learners. Buehl, author of Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning, is a reading specialist in Madison, Wisconsin and a teacher at Madison East High School. If you are searching for ways to mentor independent readers of science and math texts, make time to watch his webinar.
Find other timely ReadWriteThink calendar entries and classroom materials below.
- New Lesson Plan: Making History Come Alive Through Poetry and Song (For grades 6–12)
- Newly Updated Lesson Plans:
- The Magnetism of Language: Parts of Speech, Poetry, and Word Play (For grades 6–12)
- How Big Are Martin's Big Words? Thinking Big about the Future (For grades 3–5)
- Entering History: Nikki Giovanni and Martin Luther King, Jr. (For grades 6–8)
- Our newest mobile app, Word Mover, takes poetry on the road. Download it and create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works.
- Are you a member of the Reading & Language Arts group in the Thinkfinity Community? Join us!
- Have you tried the Trading Cards Mobile App (for Grades 3–8)? Once you’ve checked the app out, please tell us how you use it with students and leave us a review on the iTunes site.
- Gather your team. Dream up your idea. Design your app. Win big! It's the @VerizonGiving Innovative App Challenge.
- Ready for Common Core? Prepare your students for the future with resources from IRA and NCTE.
From the Calendar
- December 1: Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus. Students make believe that the year is 1955 and they just heard about Parks' arrest. Students write newspaper editorials with their points of view on segregation. (For grades 5–12)
- December 2: David Macaulay was born in 1946. Students use the Multigenre Mapper interactive to explore Macaulay's use of multiple genres by composing original multigenre texts. (For grades 9–12)
- December 3: Dr. Christian Barnard performed the first human heart transplant. Students talk about the causes of heart disease and the role that diet and exercise play. Then, students find healthy dessert recipes and vote on one dessert to make in class. (For grades K–6)
- December 5: Walt Disney was born in 1901. Students describe female characters in Disney films, discuss their characteristics, and write a thesis statement about them. (For grades 5–12)
- December 7: Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese in 1941. Students use the Interactive Venn Diagram to compare the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the attacks on America on September 11, 2001. (For grades 9–12)
- December 8: Snowflake Bentley illustrator Mary Azarian was born in 1940. Students catch snowflakes outdoors and sketch some of the structures, or grow their own snow crystals and examine them using magnifying glasses or microscopes. (For grades K–4)
- December 9: Author Joel Chandler Harris was born in 1848. Students study how regional dialect is written phonetically by reading a segment of Harris’ story, as well as two others, and compare them using the Interactive Venn Diagram. (For grades 9–12)
- December 10: Poet Emily Dickinson was born in 1830. Students discuss Dickinson’s poem “This Is My Letter To The World” and use it to focus on how audience affects voice. (For grades 9–12)
- December 15: Bill of Rights Day is observed. Students identify a students’ rights issue and explore the ways in which the Bill of Rights does protect and does not protect students. (For grades 5–12)
- Later this month, find lesson plans and activities on the Boston Tea Party, the Wright Brothers, and more!
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