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    Content LiteracyDecember 22, 2014

    Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary: Grades K-12

    Learn fun and practical strategies for teaching your core academic vocabulary. Through engaging lessons and activities, Kristina Smekens shares practical ways to offer multiple exposures to key terms and meanings.

  2. video thumbnail for Fine-Tuning Sentences: Grades 2-4

    December 22, 2015

    Fine-Tuning Sentences: Grades 2-4

    Helping elementary students revise their sentences to create more fluent writing is the focus of this session. Aside from revealing several practical strategies for achieving sentence fluency, Kristina Smekens also models two separate mini-lessons from actual classrooms that focus on “supersizing” sentences and “hearing” punctuation.

  3. video thumbnail for Developing Pictorial Writing Skills: Grades PK-1

    December 22, 2015

    Developing Pictorial Writing Skills: Grades PK-1

    Writing instruction in the youngest grades begins with pictorial writing. With an emphasis on the trait of ideas, Kristina Smekens identifies numerous writing skills to teach early in the school year. In addition, view two full-length mini-lessons executed with kindergartners.

  4. video thumbnail for Teaching Persuasive Writing: Grades 2-6

    December 22, 2015

    Teaching Persuasive Writing: Grades 2-6

    In this video, Kristina Smekens identifies six essential skills necessary for strong persuasive writing. For each skill, Kristina provides multiple mini-lesson ideas, including two full-length lessons targeting voice and word choice.

  5. video thumbnail for Citing Textual Evidence: Grades 3-12

    December 22, 2015

    Citing Textual Evidence: Grades 3-12

    In this video, Kristina Smekens reveals practical strategies for citing textual evidence in written responses. View two authentic classroom mini-lessons where Kristina teaches students how to structure a constructed-response and how to paraphrase an author’s ideas.

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    December 22, 2015

    Developing Ideas: Grades 2-4

    Watch how Kristina Smekens demonstrates innovative and memorable strategies for students to add depth and detail within their own writing. Featuring two full-length mini-lessons executed in second and fourth grade classrooms, this video offers ways to develop ideas through revision and elaboration in first drafts.

  7. video thumbnail for Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 6 Texts: Grades K-2

    December 21, 2015

    Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 6 Texts: Grades K-2

    Watch six mini-lessons where Kristina Smekens introduces the Six Traits with six different picture books.

  8. video thumbnail for Re-Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 1 Text: Grades K-5

    December 21, 2015

    Re-Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 1 Text: Grades K-5

    Observe how Kristina Smekens re-introduces the Six Traits to a class that learned them the previous year.

  9. video thumbnail for Incorporating Labeling & List-Writing Lessons: Grades PK-1

    December 23, 2015

    Incorporating Labeling & List-Writing Lessons: Grades PK-1

    Once students know their phonics, move them from pictorial writing to labeling and then onto listing. This video features numerous activities and lesson concepts to support students in these early writing stages. In addition, view Kristina Smekens introducing two-word labels and related-detail lists to primary students.

  10. video thumbnail for Writing After a Close Reading: Grades K-12

    ReadingOctober 29, 2015

    Writing After a Close Reading: Grades K-12

    A close reading experience should culminate with an after reading writing task. Kristina Smekens first defines three common task types. Then she provides strategies to develop complex tasks that could follow the reading of any complex text.

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