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Why I Love Using Mentor Texts All Year (And You Should, Too!)

Teachers know that using literature is the perfect way to introduce a lesson, but starting EVERY lesson with a new book would make it impossible to teach all of the required standards! That’s why it’s important to use mentor texts: a short text like a picture book (fiction or nonfiction), a chapter from a novel, […]

Teaching Mentor Sentences in the Digital Classroom

As teaching has shifted to a digital classroom setting, so has the WAY teachers deliver instruction. Mentor sentence lessons are something I have always been a strong believer that doesn’t fit the 1:1 mold: The class discussions drive the lessons. They learn from each other through those discussions. Misconceptions should be corrected right away and […]

Virtual Learning in the ELA Classroom

Years ago, when schools were closed for snow, flooding, or mass illnesses, the school year was extended to make sure students got in all of their learning days. Virtual learning was like something from The Jetsons! Now, districts can choose to have digital learning days to help make up for that missed learning. In this […]