Tagged: Sunday Cummins

Teachers Are Active in Every Phase of GRR

Sunday Cummins and Julie Webb lay out the established roles teachers play in the Gradual Release of Responsibility classroom and then look into the complexity of GRR as teachers do a lot behind the scenes to manage the process, adjusting to students’ needs in real time.

The Messy Business of Gradual Release (GRR)

Letting Go Is Messy will explore ins and outs of gradually releasing responsibility. Join literacy coaches Sunday Cummins and Julie Webb as they blog about strategies to help teachers make the critical decisions necessary to nurture each student’s sense of agency and identity.

3 Questions We Can Ask about Informational Texts

Asking three basic questions can help middle grades readers connect with informational texts and make sense of their meaning. Literacy consultant Sunday Cummins describes several classroom-tested steps that can aid students in identifying and analyzing new information in nonfiction material.

Building Bridges Between Reading and Writing

When students try to write a short response to a fact-filled passage they’ve read, some will likely lose their grounding. How do we help them leap the gap between reading and writing? Alicia Genchi and Sunday Cummins share an essential scaffold for building the bridge.

Use Text Sets to Benefit Bilingual Students

High interest text sets tied to essential questions and in varied formats help emergent bilinguals stick with a particular topic as they learn how to read strategically. Elizabeth Hagan and her colleagues brought Malala Yousafzai to students’ attention with a range of sources.

Help Students Make the Most of Interviews

Similar to reading, listening to what we hear during an interview requires comprehension and the active construction of meaning. Elizabeth Hagan, Lisa Friesen and Sunday Cummins share action research on ways to prepare students to conduct interviews they’ll enjoy and learn from.

Energizing Kids’ Online Learning This Term

While the news about vaccines is promising, many students will continue to learn from home for more months to come. A big question then is how do we create and host energizing environments to sustain learning? Tara Lash and Sunday Cummins came up with this “club” strategy.

Teach Your Students to ‘Explode’ Complex Text

Literacy specialist Sunday Cummins shares her “explode to explain” technique, using a Newsela story about shark-spotting aerial drones along the beaches of Australia. It’s one more tool to help students develop a skill set for understanding and retaining informational text.

4 Keys to Helping Students Annotate Texts

Are your students’ annotated texts hard to make sense of? Do they underline entire sections of a source and write very few comments? This can be a huge impediment to meaningful learning for some kids. Sunday Cummins offers 4 keys to sharpening their annotation skills.

Use THIEVES to Grab Nonfiction Readers

When students get beyond their initial engagement in high-interest topics this fall, they will need strategies to empower their reading experience. Literacy coach Sunday Cummins suggests a mnemonic tool to help nonfiction readers make informed predictions: T.H.I.E.V.E.S!