Teaching and learning in grades 4-8

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Interactive Writing in the Middle Grades

Interactive writing can help teachers to differentiate and integrate. In “Interactive Writing Across Grades” Kate Roth and Joan Dabrowski detail effective ways to use a familiar K-3 writing strategy in grades 4-6, says reviewer and literacy coach Pam Hamilton.

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Role-Plays Can Enliven ELA & Social Studies

Though David Sherrin’s lessons and examples are especially helpful to English and social studies classes, any teacher wanting to try the engaging strategy of role playing will appreciate his book full of how-to ideas, says 7th grade teacher Emily Prissel.

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School Leadership: How to Team with Families

Every principal needs to lead a coordinated schoolwide effort to interact with families in ways that support students, the school and the larger community. Former principals Ron Williamson and Barbara Blackburn offer a rich set of strategies to accomplish this goal.

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Teaching Reading to a New Generation of Students

In Who’s Doing the Work? Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris ask important questions about how literacy teachers should approach reading instruction for a new generation of students. Reviewer and former literacy coach Nancy Chodoroff has high praise for their insights.

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Media Literacy: Middle School Kids Love Parody

Adolescents have a strong attraction to parody, says media literacy expert Frank Baker. Luckily the Common Core includes parody as a genre worthy of study. Baker shares resources and ideas to involve middle graders in some fun as they learn important skills.