Category Archives: English/Language Arts

What Makes Writing Instruction Fun?

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By Laureen Reynolds, SDE Educational Consultant As I was thinking about what to entice you with in this post within the realm of writing, I was reviewing my posts over the last two years. I noticed that while we have had … Continue reading

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Today’s Teens: Is Reading a Dying Art?

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As an educator, there’s a pretty good chance you grew up loving to read. Today, you enjoy nothing more than immersing yourself in a good book.  The characters, the plot, the language—everything about reading fires up your imagination. You probably … Continue reading

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Blogging is Writing!

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By Laureen Reynolds, SDE Educational Consultant In my last post, I challenged you to start thinking outside of the ELA box just a bit and to integrate some tech through blogging. Remember, blogging is writing! If you are reading this, that … Continue reading

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Six-Trait Writing and the Common Core: The Best of Both Worlds

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Six-Trait Writing and the Common Core …yes, they do support each other. But, we’re often asked by teachers “What do we teach first?” If you’re a bit confused—or even overwhelmed—about connecting the Six Traits and the CCSS in your classroom, … Continue reading

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Sight Words: They Don’t Just “Stick” On Their Own

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What do the words the, each, his, and make have in common? You guessed it. They are among the 300 words experts say our little ones need to recognize by sight to succeed at writing and reading. Can you imagine … Continue reading

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