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Hello! I’m Carla, and welcome to my site! My goal with this site is to share teaching tips for all areas of literacy including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing for grades K-8. I love sharing resources with teachers, and it makes me happy to help take a little off the overflowing platters of teacher duties. I hope you’ll find my site helpful and my resources worthy of using with your students.

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How to Teach Memoir Writing with Memoirs of a Goldfish

Studying memoirs can be very interesting to children (and to teachers).  They can connect our lives to the past through the mentor texts that we share. Memoirs also provide an opportunity for story telling and sharing and help our students take notice of the small moments in time that might otherwise be overlooked.  As we are constantly bombarded with texting, tweeting, and multi-tasking, I see the value in slowing things…

Energizing the Reader from the Inside

Motivation...it's what I'm lacking this morning, but I think motivation is increasing in my classroom, and I thought I'd share a few ways I've added spark to make that happen.  I can't take credit for all the ideas though. Many have come from what I learned by reading The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. Have you read it? If not, I suggest you grab a copy for this summer. Over…

Teaching Characterization with Mentor Texts

Characterization is one of my favorite skills to teach. Let's face it.  In what other way can you be a teacher like Miss Nelson, live on a farm like Fern, or survive a plane crash like Brian?  It is with characters that our students are able to use their imagination and just get lost in a book. When we think of our favorite books, the characters are what come to…

“The more that you READ, the more you will KNOW.
The more that you LEARN, the more places you'll GO."

~Dr. Seuss