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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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We are gearing up for the writing portion of the Virginia Standards of Learning Test. In Virginia, we test students in fifth grade, but every grade level is important. Students need a writing routine in order to be prepared. In this post, I thought I'd share how I'm helping my students with a writing process. My hope is to at least have exposure to all of the possible writing prompts…

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Learning figurative language can be very challenging for striving readers. It's abstract, and for many children, they haven't met the abstract thinking stage. For concrete thinkers, breaking figurative language down and explaining the meaning helps. In this post, I want to share one of my favorite authors for modeling metaphors, a type of figurative language. She's a fairly new author, and I was lucky enough to meet her in person on…

10 Amazing Titles for Teaching Nonfiction Text Structures

When I was a kid, I do not recall reading much nonfiction. In fact, I am not sure my teachers even taught me the difference between fiction and nonfiction, but since most of our students reading content is nonfiction, it's URGENT that you spend time teaching kids how to read it and here's how you might make those features stick. INTRODUCING TEXT STRUCTURES One handout I've found very helpful is…

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

~Dr. Seuss