The Surprising Benefits of Student-Created Graphic Novels
Graphic novels are wonderful for reading, but when students use this form for their own writing, incredible stories can emerge.
Think Twice Before Doing Another Historical Simulation
Historical simulations can be powerful for teaching, but when it comes to traumatic or violent periods, like slavery, there really isn’t a good way to do them.
A Simple Trick for Success with One-Pagers
These visual tools allow students to synthesize learning, but some kids don’t think they’re talented enough to make them. A bit of creative constraint helps.
Get Students Talking with Ongoing Conversations
It’s not just a fantasy: This simple system gets every student in your room to have rich conversations with every other student. About content. Really.
What Are the Best Ways to Use Leveled Texts?
When it comes to leveled texts, teachers and administrators make some missteps that can negatively impact students’ growth as readers. Here’s what to do instead.
Voice of Witness: Bring the Power of Oral History to Your Classroom
The need for these books goes beyond curriculum: Reading these stories will make our students better humans.
Deeper Class Discussions with the TQE Method
Want your students to have rich, complex conversations about the texts they read? This method leads to the kinds of classroom discussions you thought only happened in college.
A Step-by-Step Plan for Teaching Narrative Writing
The ability to tell a good story is one of the things that makes human beings extraordinary. Here’s the process I used to teach my own students how to do it.