About the blog
I started Teachable Texts (formerly named “365 Read Alouds”) in order to expand my knowledge of children’s literature. My colleagues and I are always asking the question, “What’s a good read aloud for teaching _________ ?” I want to get better at answering that question.
I will be reviewing a combination of picture books and chapter books. Each review follows a similar format which includes:
- the title and author
- a picture of the book I’m reviewing
- a brief retell of the book
- topics that connect to the book
- reading skills that are prevalent throughout the book (envisionment, making connections, determining importance, interpretation, etc.)
- writing skills that are prevalent throughout the book (zooming in on a small moment, including setting details)
- units of study that connect to the book (My school is a Teachers College project school. I will be referring mostly to current and past units of the upper grade TC units of study for Reading and Writing.)
- Tribes agreements (attentive listening, right to pass, mutual respect, personal best, appreciations/no put downs) that may connect to the book
- Habits of Mind
- my thoughts on using the reviewed text in the classroom
Each book/post will carry a variety of tags that can be easily searched. Let’s say you’re a teacher who is looking for a good read aloud to model how readers envision or ‘make a movie in the mind’. You can click on the tag ‘envisionment’ and will be directed to a list of books that may be good for modeling that skill during read aloud.
I’m hoping that this blog will be a helpful, interactive resource for elementary school teachers. Please comment on the reviews and add how you use these books in your classroom. Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or book recommendations: email@example.com