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  1. May 2016
    1. This allowed for chil- dren's literature to be used not just for particular instructional outcomes but to help children devel- op and enhance the capacity to locate themselves in their socio-political places and spaces and to engage in social action

      This is a great point that children's literature can be used for more than just making connections to the child's own life. It can also be used to show these children that they are able to be part of the change they want to see.

    2. began to develop a framework to encompass indi- vidual, communal, and civic grievances and/or re- sponsibilities necessary for social change

      This is great that not only were the boys able to connect the stories and situations to their won lives, but they were also able to come up with responses that worked towards something meaningful.

  2. Apr 2016
    1. Students should also be cautioned that the person telling the story is acting as an observer and an interpreter of emotions and events

      Students must realize that the person telling the story is not the same person the events happened to. The author trying their best to emulate the emotion the person was feeling during what was happening.

    2. Readers should understand that such stories are not meant to replace factual material but are aimed at sparking interest in what is real

      Great point that these stories are not to meant to make up things about someones life, but rather to say what happened in a more interesting way.

    3. in first person narration, bring history to life on a more personal level than nonfiction material such as textbooks

      I think that this is especially more important for kids at younger ages. It will keep them more engaged and wanting to read pieces like fictionalized biographies.

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    1. Many fantasy and science fi ction books make their way to the top of award lists

      This is true! I think there is a reason for this, because fantasy and science fiction books help readers make great connections to their own lives while reading.

    2. many fantasy and science fi ction works provide rich opportunities for students to safely use their own moral though

      This is a really interesting thought. I really like that fantasy books can provoke students to use their morals when thinking of what they just read.

    3. adolescents who might be otherwise reluctant to discuss historical and contemporary discrimination fi nd themselves able to more comfortably look at this issue and draw parallels between the text and their own world when reading

      This is a great point showing that kids might rather talk about a book they can relate to in fantasy. I think children can make great connections between their own fantasies and those they read about.

    1. It is no longer a fable about the importance of honesty. Instead, it is a fable about the villagers unjustly accusing the shepherd boy of dishonesty

      This is a very good point. I would have ever thought about it this way, that the villagers just jump to the conclusion that boy was lying.

    2. Aesop's fables are timeless treasures that have been taught to children for many centuries.

      I think this is true because of how great not only the stories are, but the lessons that they teach are. The lessons themselves are timeless.

    3. That is because fables are allegorical stories that teach lessons about life.

      Fables are great ways of teaching life lessons to kids! The stories always result in learning a new lesson

    1. with young children can increase their word banks, widen their background of experiences, extend their listening and comprehending ability, and ex pand their capacity to relate to the environment

      This is a great point that shows how great reading to young children is. It expands their vocabulary and also their reading and listening comprehension.

    2. , they are written with a controlled vocabulary and are de signed to be read independently.

      This is very important that the books have a controlled vocabulary because it will make the book a lot easier for the kids to understand, thus letting them read it independently.

    3. They are written for the young child's interest and apprecia tion level, not his reading ability level.

      This is a very good point made, that picture books are made to interest the kids not to really measure their reading ability. Picture books will get kids interested in reading, and then from there they can move to more advanced books to measure their reading ability.

  4. Mar 2016
    1. he teacher circulates, individually con ferencing with children, discussing content, word attack skills, interpretation, and read ability. I

      I like how the teacher walks around the classroom and helps out whoever is in need. This way the teacher is able to get to everyone and see how they are progressing.

    2. iving further opportunity to model and discuss conventions such as punctuation, phonics, and spelling.

      This is a great chance for children to not only build on their phonics skills but also grammar in general. When a teacher models the work for them, children can actually see the correct way to write something or say something, giving them a better opportunity to learn.

    3. he teacher gives a written response to each child's entry.

      Giving feedback is always important especially at a young age. I think it is very good for the children if they receive a lot of feedback.

    1. whole, teacher judgment must be exercised. The instructional progression detailed in this article should not be used for all phonic elements, with all children, or with all literature selections

      This is a goop point that you should not use this all the time. Only use this strategy if you think it will work well with your students.

    2. Essentially, the whole-part-whole framework connects learning to pronounce words with real read ing.

      I like this whole-part-whole approach because it allows for the children to get a phonics lesson with real text, rather than just random words or letters on a worksheet.

    3. "Research evidence over the past 70 years indicates over whelmingly that direct instruction in phonics is needed and contributes to better develop ment of decoding, word recognition, and com prehension

      It is proven that phonics instruction will help our students with their word decoding, recognition and comprehension. I think that phonics instruction is very important at a young age and would be very beneficial to our students.

    1. I highly recommend storyscape.io for all levels of education.

      I think this is a great idea. Although it may have more of an effect at an earlier age, it doesn't mean it cannot be used throughout all levels of education. In higher grades it can be used for creative writing or design classes as well as reading.

  5. Feb 2016
    1. r. Sheets also notes that mini-lessons force him to be concise in his demonstrations of skills in real reading situations.

      When Mr. Sheets is forced to be concise it can be very beneficial for the students. Since he has to be short and to the point the children are given the information right away and not given too much all at once to take in.

    2. ome teachers like to act in the role of "recorder" for the group or "wait in silence."

      I like the idea of the teacher as the "recorder" for the group. This allows for the kids to all stay engaged in what everyone is talking, while you get to write down what everyone is saying so you can reflect on it later.

    3. elf-selected reading. During SSR stu dents may become involved in one or more ac tivities (see Figure 1). To begin the workshop, students and teachers spend 10 minutes en gaged in free reading of a book they have cho sen for recreational reading or they may be reading goal pages established in their litera ture response group.

      I like that kids are able to read books of their choice so that they are more engaged. It will help keep them more interested in reading and help with their reading skills.

    1. riting complete sentences writing sentences that ask a question

      These are two very important skills that kids should learn at a young age. I think it is great that the kids learn these things so they can better develop their writing from an early age. Complete sentences will also help them in oral language as well.

    2. any op portunities for connecting reading de coding skills with writing occur during these sessions.

      decoding skills for children are so important especially at a young age. If they can "learn to read" earlier then later on they will be "reading to learn" a lot more.

    3. ost of my direct writing instruc tion takes place during these brief ses sions, which may last up to 15 minutes.

      Personally I learn better from direct instructions rather than a big long lesson where some information may be lost. This is a good idea to have these mini lessons, as they are very beneficial to the kids.

    1. Reading a great book changes us.

      This is a great message that relates back to the beginning of the article. If a great book really does change us, imagine how much it can change a child who can relate to it. Using books that all children can relate to can make some great changes in the classroom.

    2. but the message is too important to be filed away. This work must be must shared with educators.

      I think this is a great point that this work needs to be shared. The more people/educators it is shared with, the more publicity it will get. Eventually it will make its way to the CCSS.

    3. When classroom collections are largely by and about white people, white children have many more opportunities to make connections and become proficient readers.

      It makes sense that if you are surrounded by something you can relate to then you will do better. How can we expect children of color to succeed at such high level;s if the are not given relateable materials?

    1. is a social justice concern not only for the estimated one in 500 American children who are “significantly gender variant or transgender” (Brill & Pepper, 2013, p. 2), and for the 4-6 percent of children who exhibit “gender variant behavior” (Hein & Berger, 2012; Van Beijsterveldt, Hudziak, & Boomsma, 2006), but for all learners, regardless of their gender identity or expression.

      This makes a great point that it is not just a social justice concern for the "significantly gender variant or transgender" but for all learners. It is important for everyone, not just children who are transgender or gender variant.

    2. Recent research suggests that the most frequent victims of bullying in K-12 schools are gender variant children: Those whose clothing, hairstyles, mannerisms, or other forms of self expression diverge from accepted norms for their assigned gender

      It really is sad to hear that anyone is getting bullied and especially for just expressing themselves in a way they feel appropriate. Just because someone is wearing different clothes or a different hairstyle does not give anyone the right to bully them. I think if kids are brought up from a young age without gender roles it can really help when they are growing up.

    3. Yet a growing body of research makes it clear that children begin to internalize dominant beliefs about gender as early as preschool

      This is very interesting because a lot of people (including me) probably don't know this. The preschool teachers don't know what kind of affect they can have on kids as young as this when it comes to gender roles.

    4. Cultural expectations about gender are folded into, for example, the spoken and tacit rules for how women and men, girls and boys, should dress and carry their bodies and engage with others and make decisions about relationships, family, and careers.

      I totally agree with this statement that there are all these social norms about men and women and how we should act. In reality, it is your life and you can do whatever you want and carry yourself anyway that you want. You should not have to go about your life a certain way because "everyone" thinks you should.

    1. Describe the overall structure of a story

      A 2nd grade student must be able to describe how a story is laid out.


      I think a good example of this is Charlotte's Web

    2. name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

      A kindergarten student must be able to know the author of a story or book.

    3. Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections

      A third grade student must be able to refer certain parts of a text using specific terms.