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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fabulous Reading, Writing, and Grammar Resources

Every once in a while I'm lucky enough to stumble across resources that revolutionize the way I teach. This week I learned about DGP Publishing. Wow! Their newsletter, The Language Ledger, provides examples of their fabulous language arts products.

Created for teachers by teachers, these products really make sense. Check out the scope and sequence for Daily Reading Practice for Grades 1-10. Each week, students work with one passage to practice a variety of skills.

Grammar products focus on one sentence per week, as illustrated on the cover of "The Language Ledger" above. Students analyze parts of speech, phrases and clauses, capitalization, punctuation, and more! You can get an idea of what's covered with Daily Grammar Practice Scope and Sequence for Grades 1-5Daily Grammar Practice Scope and Sequence for Grades 6-12, and Advanced Daily Grammar Practice Scope and Sequence for Grades 6-12.

After attending a session on the Burnette Writing Process, I'm hooked! Dawn Burnette advocates focusing (and assessing) six or less skills for each assignment. When the assignment is complete, students annotate, or mark, their papers to demonstrate how they've successfully employed those skills. This makes total sense. Her Focus Skills Progress Chart helps teachers track students' progress throughout the year and can be passed on to the next grade for a seamless learning experience.

I've been waiting for these products. They will really make a difference in my classroom!