Technical LiteracySur

Next Meeting February 3: Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Amorak Huey
MRA Conference March 27-30, 2015

Rick Mushing, Ebiri Nkugba, Jen Arnswald: Reading for Technical Literacy

Ebiri Nkugba

Make a list of the last 5 things you’ve read

When we think of things we’ve read we think about the last book, poem, or paper we’ve seen. A lot of times it’s pieces of information, such as the dashboard display on your car.

Why informational text? Common Core Standards!

Example: Auto Repair (KDL membership required to view)

Rick Mushing


The Age of Humans

Create your own maps with ArcGIS

Jen Arnswald

*More Information Coming Soon*

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Jeff Anderson – December 3, 2014

Revision Decision
Twitter: @writeguyjeff

Dopamine Uptake Time!

Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

What keeps writers from continuing to play and experiment with words and sentences?


“Brevity is honored in this world more than it ever was. I think that’s the whole reason that you revise.”

Writing Next Report

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”
― Cynthia Occelli

When I take words away, I increase the importance of the words that are left.

Revise the sentences below into one sentence. Note what actions you take to revise the sentences. 
Once there was a little boy.
The little boy was named Neftali.
Neftali was a boy who loved wild things wildly.
Neftali was a boy who love quiet things quietly.

We have to focus on manageable and bit-sized chunks that kids can play with.

Great writing doesn’t always happen on the first attempt – nor should we expect it to – if we truly believe in the writing process.

Flesh and Blood So Cheap

It’s about the conversation. It’s ok to disagree.

The Vocabulary of Revision Decisions
Add Connectors
Form New Verb Endings
Talk It Out

BOMB by Steve Sheinkin 

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Liz Storey and Pam Page


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Check out Liz and Pam’s website!

Elizabeth Storey

Pam Page

Please consider buying them locally from Cornucopia Books

Igniting a Passion for Reading
By Steven L. Layne

Young Adult
The Secret Hum of a Daisy
We Were Liars
The Living
Counting by 7’s
If You’re Reading This
The Port Chicago 50
Brown Girl Dreaming

Young Adult Series
Shatter Me Series
Crash (Vision Series)

Middle Grade Novels
The Fourteenth Goldfish
The Year of Billy Miller
Stella Batts, Something Blue
Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky
Comic Squad: Recess
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!
Flora and Ulysses
Lulu’s Mysterious Mission
Absolutely Almost

Picture Books
Flight School
Winston & George
Three Bears in a Boat
The Lion and the Bird
All Different Now
Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse
The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House

The Grudge Keeper
I Pledge Allegiance

Grandfather Gandhi
Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything
A Home for Mr. Emerson
To Dare Mighty Things, The Life of Theodore Roosevelt
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
The Scraps Book: Notes From a Colorful Life
The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy is Enlightening
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage

Non-Fiction Books
Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home
Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World
Handle With Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey
Weeds Find A Way
A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Flight for Desegregation
Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa’s Fastest Cat
The Griffin and the Dinosaur: How Adrienne Mayor Discovered a Fascinating Link Between Myth and Science
My Country, ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights

Other Books…We Couldn’t Resist!

Young Adult
Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain
The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement
The Great Greene Heist
The Red Pencil
To This Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful

Middle Grade Novels
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive
365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts
I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79

Picture Books
Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems
I Love You Just Enough

Galapagos George
Tuesday Trucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog
Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education
Parrots Over Puerto Rico

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2014-2015 Programming Announced!

Here’s our 2014-2015 programming schedule! We have a very diverse lineup this year, and would love to have you there to join us. If you’re interested in becoming a member, you can join online at the link above.

September 17 – Liz Storey/Pam Page: The Newest in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

October 7 – Debbie Arechiga: Top Ten Tips for Navigating Informational Texts

November 3 – Susan Laninga: Foldables

December 3 – Jeff Anderson: Revision Decision

January 6 – Rick Mushing/Ebiri Nkugba/Jen Arnswald: Reading for Technical Literacy

February 3 – Amorak Huey: The Power of Reading Poetry in Our Classrooms

April 14 – Mark Raffler: Literacy Resources – Summer Literacy Links and Ideas for Parents

Pam Page/Liz Storey



Text Sets Are: books, charts, maps, videos, poems, songs, pamphlets, images, quotes, art prints, speeches, interviews, letters, magazines, websites, primary source documents

Thematic Teaching: tying a theme across the curriculum and classroom

Why use Text Sets?

  • Increases students comprehension
  • Exposed to authentic texts
  • Make cross-text connections
  • Supports multiple abilities and reading proficiencies
  • Builds and activates prior knowledge
  • Increases engagement levels by sustaining interest
  • Provides flexibility with limited resources

Connects to CCSS

Organizing Text Sets

  • Think about what you could use BEFORE, AS, and AFTER they read a main text
  • Remain flexible enough to modify the texts based on the needs and interest of students


Consider your students in building your sets, rather than pick up a book manufacturers CCSS themed packs
One Crazy Summer Prezi

Useful Links:

The Classroom Bookshelf

(More items from Pam and Liz to come!)