Lessons learned teaching a whole novel to 5th-graders

12/18/2013 | Center for Teaching Quality

K-5 literacy facilitator Lea Ellen Jones in this blog post shares the lessons she and language-arts teacher Carla Nelson learned while using a whole-novel strategy with a fifth-grade class. Giving students the responsibility to read and to be prepared to discuss a novel helped them gain independence, Jones writes. However, she notes such a project would benefit from educators teaching and modeling note-taking for students and checking in on struggling readers more frequently.

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