The posts linked below explore experiences with reading and writing in classes of young adolescents, ten, eleven and twelve years old.
Thinking it over, looking at photographs and work samples, talking with past students, their parents, and my colleagues, I am more-than-ever thrilled by the power kids can find in reading and writing–and I’m grateful for the variety of ways teacher, parent, and peer support can help them get there.
Hooray for fluency, momentum, and joy in the reading and writing community!
For details, click on the links below:
Love and Fluency Helping a challenged reader find more momentum in his reading life
Troubles with Writing Why do so many young adolescents have trouble writing?
Think of Five Using brainstorming to push beyond topic self-censorship
Just for Five Using quick-writing to open up possibilities
A Stack of Five A way of suggesting new books for individuals, preserving students’ autonomy and sense of choice, and strengthening their understanding of themselves as readers
Seven More Thoughts about Silent Reading Mulling over the power of silent reading time supported by well-designed individual assessments and a lively class reading community
Using Picture Books with Big Kids …because they are among the treasures of our culture
My Place A particularly inspiring and useful picture book for big kids, from Australia
My Place and Our Places A powerful spin-off bookmaking activity
Heels-over-teakettle and Other Festivities A healthy appreciation of our fabulous language as the base of all true word study
Word Ladders, Snowball Poems, and Dictionary Pickle More fun with word study
Literacy Daily Tune-ups: an Invitation to a Feast Still more fun with word study
The Seasonal Feast of the Skimathon An approach to individualized content area reading, in preparation for report writing
Supporting Deeper Understanding with a Skimathon Process More approaches to content-area reading
Mimi Reports Celebrating content-area writing
Skywatchers and Magicmakers A mixed-age storytelling and bookmaking project