Literacy Art by Iris ROCKS! The Go-Getter

Welcome! For those of you that haven’t read my Literacy Art by Iris ROCKS! Post #1, I’d like to share a little information about this post. This post continues to “ROCK” FOR LITERACY!!   This post is for people that love literacy. This is my second post about rocking for literacy. My focus here is…

Punctuation Day 1

Happy Punctuation Day! September 24 has been declared as a celebration for good punctuation or the acknowledgement of… I wonder if individuals know how important correct punctuation is to literacy. It must have some importance, if it’s nationally celebrated. So, is this a big deal? Why, yes! It’s the difference between correctly or incorrectly interpreting…

Parts of Speech & Punctuation

What can we as educators say about students’ ability to use correct grammar and punctuation? Well, I’ve come to the realization that there exists a serious gap between what students should know and apply concerning correct grammar and punctuation and what they’re producing in the classroom during instruction. The art of writing, be it a sentence, paragraph,…

Literacy Art by Iris ROCKS! Back to School!

Welcome! It’s an anxious time of year. Not because of a birthday, holiday, or celebration. It’s because of that day at the end of May or early June when so many students are delighted that school has ended. Yet, after a couple of months of endless television, social media, theme parks, family reunions, and the…

Literacy Art by Iris ROCKS! Bravo!

Welcome! As we nestle into the topic of how much people ROCK for literacy. I’d like to think about the many stories told by so many of our loved ones who are suffering or who have suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. They are our true warriors, our fighters. They have “ROCKED” FOR LITERACY!! Just to remind…

Literacy Art by Iris ROCKS! Be Creative!

Welcome! For those of you that haven’t read my previous Literacy Art by Iris ROCKS! posts, I’d like to share a little information about this ongoing shout out. This post is about “ROCKING” FOR LITERACY!! This post IS for people that love literacy, but it also can be for people who may not think of literacy as…

Writing Task Cards (Light the Way)

What’s the next step? Is sometimes the question we ask ourselves once we receive reading and writing data on students abilities. Where are they? What are they able to do? Sometimes it’s difficult to tell whether a student needs either remediation or extended/enrichment activities. If this is the case, allow students to show-what-they-know by assessing…

Literacy Art by Iris ROCKS!!

Literacy Art by Iris ROCKS! Post #1 How does literacy “rock” for you? Do you love to read until the wee hours of the night? Do you go to the library to choose a novel to read for a few weeks during the summer months and you finish the book in a few days? Well,…

Reading Strategies Bookmarks

When students READ what should they do?  Become one with the text. When students READ what should they do? Look ahead in the text. When students READ, what should they do? Think about the text. READ! LOOK! THINK! Lip-sincing doesn’t work. Saying the words without understanding their combined meaning, also doesn’t work. Students are expected to…

Citing Textual Evidence

To cite or not to cite, that IS the question some students have as they attempt to answer written response questions. Some students also have difficulty  understanding how to cite textual evidence or what should be included when they cite from the text. Each year I explain the citing textual evidence process by sharing a…

Why Blog?

To be quite honest, I’m not a blogger, but I decided to create this blog so that I could share some of the curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies and techniques I’ve used in the classroom. I hope that some of the topics you read about and resources you view can be used in your classroom…