Lucy Calkins and TCRWP Teaching Videos

28 Dec

Lucky Calkins and the Reading and Writing Project just uploaded about 40 new videos on Vimeo.  The videos are clips of reading and writing instruction, appropriate for K-2, 3-5, or 6-8 classrooms, and vary from mini-lessons, to small-group instruction, to book clubs.  It’s always nice to see instruction in action–especially when it shows students’ responses and work as they grapple with the material.  I went through the majority of the 3-5 reading lessons and found them very helpful.  Lucy says that they’re not meant to be perfect lessons, just examples that can represent a pathway to the common core.  A few of my favorites from the 3-5 reading world:

Class Debate  – The class listens to “Stray” from Cynthia Rylants “Every Living Thing.”  They read the book, jotting notes on “is Doris strong or weak?” and then split into two debate teams and debate a partner.  There’s a protocol for finding evidence, working with your team, and debating.  Ends with both partners taking one position (A, B, or C (both strong and weak)).  Then they write some final thoughts.

Main Idea and Detail and Fluency in Non-Fiction – Readers read more fluently when they determine main ideas and details through a text first.  Readers can then re-read fluently, using pacing and intonation to make their “boxes and bullets” clear.

Non-Fiction Read Aloud – Kathleen Tolan demonstrates close reading and interactive read-aloud about gorillas.  She helps them to synthesize the text with graphic organizers, maps of Africa and a word bank.  They work on the skill of comparing and contrasting.

Book Club – Amazing small group conversation comparing Budd, Not Buddy and The Tiger Rising.

Each of these videos involves the students in the strategy of close reading.  Look closely, and you’ll notice that they show both how to push children to stay close to the text and how to go beyond it.

3 Responses to “Lucy Calkins and TCRWP Teaching Videos”

  1. Ryan Scala December 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    It’s nice to meet a fellow “professional development junkie”. I also teach fourth grade, but on the other coast. Wasn’t it such a wonderful gift to access the videos that the project shared – a favorite of mine, even though it was for grades 6-8, was Mary Ehrenworth’s lesson on Informational Reading and authorial intention – looking at craft and structure strand in CCSS reading standards.

    • elizabethstavis June 20, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

      I haven’t actually looked at that–I’ll have to check it out! Thanks for the tip.

  2. Meredith June 20, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Thanks for sharing this! It is a great resource.

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