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Videos of Effective ELA Instruction




 

When teachers see examples of effective practice, they internalize a vision of what is possible. Helene Daigle






 






Videos are useful for helping teachers anchor theory into practice. They can be used to illustrate a concept or teaching practice or to anchor discussions. The following videos might be useful when planning professional development for English Language Arts teachers.




 








Engaging Readers with Wordless Picture Books






An Elementary teacher guides her students to make meaning by talking and exchanging ideas about a wordless picture book. The pedagogical practices highlighted are effective and transferable to other grade levels and teaching contexts.

 








Teaching Response with Picture Books






An Elementary teacher guides her students in activating prior knowledge, sharing understanding and wonderings, and reflecting on the big ideas in a picture book. The pedagogical practices highlighted are effective and transferable to other grade levels and teaching contexts.

 








Literature Circles in Secondary English Language Arts






A Secondary teacher facilitates discussion and the exchange of ideas about graphic memoirs in literature circles. The practices highlighted are tranferable to other grade levels and teaching contexts.

 








Reading Graphic Novels in Secondary English Language Arts






A Secondary English Language Arts teacher works with her students to make meaning of graphic novels. The class begins withan introduction to the common conventions of graphic novels prior to inviting students to read and discuss a short excerpts from a graphic novel.




 




Students Talking About Texts: Crafting Choices




Students Talking About Texts: Crafting Choices (with subtitles)



Secondary Cycle Two students use small group discussion to explore crafting choices in a graphic novel in order to make meaning of the text.



 


 





Literature Circle Discussion : War Brothers






Secondary Cycle Two students engage in small group discussion to make meaning of graphic novels using codes of visual texts and conventions of graphic novels. 






 


 




Literature Circle Discussion: Essex County






Secondary Cycle Two students engage in small group discussions to make meaning of a graphic novel using codes of visual texts and conventions of graphic novels.





 





 







 


 Responding to Texts: Deepening Understanding Through Talk



 


 


An Elementary Cycle Three teacher models how to support students through the respose to literature process using a picture book.





 






 






Conversations about Literature: The Suitcase Moment





An Elementary English Language Arts teacher models ways to teach students to hold academic conversations during the response process. 





 





 





Rick’s Reading Workshop: Mini Lesson





In this mini-lesson, an Elementary English Language Arts teacher models how to develop a theory of a character during reading workshop. 





 





 





Teacher Education by Design





Tools and resources for practice-based teacher education in English Language Arts. Tools include templates, video illustrations, and student guides, all anchored in cutting-edge literacy research.





 




 



Reading to Get the Gist





Fifth-grade students use close reading strategies to determine the main idea and important details from a newspaper article about the Seneca people. In this video, students and teachers are engaged with EL Education’s grades 3-8 ELA curriculum. This video accompanies the book Transformational Literacy: Making the Common Core Shift with Work that Matters.



 


 




Targeting Learning with Success Criteria


 




A Kindergarten teacher models how the use of success criteria to support students’ emerging writing skills. 


 





 





Immersion into Biographies





An Elementary teacher demonstrates how to immerse students into the world of biographies.




 


 




The Art of Persuasion and the Craft of Argument




A Secondary English Language Arts teacher models strategies that encourage students to make more compelling arguments.




 


 




The Art of Questioning




A Secondary English Language Arts teacher models sequencing questions that support students as they make meaning of complex non-fiction texts.