Transforming Literacy With Primary Sources & Protocols

I recently started reading Transformational Literacy: Making the Common Core Shift With Work That Matters. Written by Ron Berger and a team of educators, the book provides both theory and practical advice on how to retool our teaching to meet the rigor and complexity of the Common Core. Early on, the authors make a point that resonated with me: students sometimes “may find ways to avoid reading if given the…

Literacy Documentary COMPLETE!

Hats off to the 6th grade class of 2014-2015 for completing a 15 minute long documentary on the importance of literacy for middle school students! More Than Words: A Documentary on Middle School Literacy from Jim Bentley @Curiosity_Films on Vimeo. This film was created as a result of a project based learning unit undertaken by the students in my classroom. The script was 9 pages long and written¬†by teams of…