Friday, February 18, 2011



You may have already heard a great deal about
Anita Archer, or maybe even had the opportunity to attend one of her sessions. Either way, you will enjoy these videos of her explicit teaching of:
  • vocabulary,
  • background knowledge strategies,
  • active participation,
  • read alouds,
  • word and sentence dictation
  • summary writing,
  • and retelling.
Each video includes a description, feedback on her teaching, and suggestions to improve.

This site is relevant for all subject areas and all grade levels. This is truly a collection of mini professional development session on the web!


The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) from the What Works Clearninghouse and the U.S. Department of Education produces practice guides for K-12 teachers based on the "best available evidence and expertise to bear on current challenges in education. " Recommendations are made, and the strength of the research is rated based on evidence to support these recommendations.

For K-3: Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade
Students who read with understanding at an early age gain access to a broader range of texts, knowledge, and educational opportunities, making early reading comprehension instruction particularly critical. This guide recommends five specific steps that teachers, reading coaches, and principals can take to successfully improve reading comprehension for young readers.

For upper elementary, middle school and high school: Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices
This guide presents strategies that classroom teachers and specialists can use to increase the reading ability of adolescent students. The recommendations aim to help students gain more from their reading tasks, improve their motivation for and engagement in the learning process, and assist struggling readers who may need intensive and individualized attention.



The Letter Generator tool is designed to help students learn to identify all the essential parts of a business or friendly letter, and then generate letters by typing information into letter templates. A sample letter is included, and students can learn about the parts of a letter by reading descriptions of each part.

Once students have become familiar with letter formats, they are prompted to write their own letter. Students follow the steps and fill in specific fields in the template (for example, heading, salutation, closing, signature, and so on). They may even add a decorative border and postscript to the friendly letter. The finished letter can saved, e-mailed, or printed.

This useful tool provides step-by-step instructions for familiarizing users with the necessary elements of written correspondence, and can serve as an excellent practice method for composing and proofreading both formal and informal letters.

There are options for K-12 teachers and various subject areas!

From: ReadWriteThink- an NCTE site.