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Welcome to Literacy Voices, where our experts share instructional strategies with teachers. You'll find practical classroom tips from real educators, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice, and tools you can use immediately.
  1. Shared Reading: Returning to the Book, Kindergarten

    Shared Reading: Returning to the Book, Kindergarten

    In this shared reading for kindergarten follow-up lesson Debra again models her thinking and invites students to turn-and-talk several times during their second...
  2. Building Vocabulary During Shared Reading, Kindergarten

    Building Vocabulary During Shared Reading, Kindergarten

    In this installment with Debra Crouch, she and her students revisit the text to focus on vocabulary in this shared reading for kindergartners lesson —specific...
  3. Word Study During Shared Reading, Kindergarten

    Word Study During Shared Reading, Kindergarten

    Before the video begins, Debra had students draw and write a response to the book: write about a pet you think is best. After collecting the students’ writing...
  4. Modeled Writing During Shared Reading, Kindergarten

    Modeled Writing During Shared Reading, Kindergarten

    This modeled writing kindergarten lesson gives children an opportunity to hear a writer decide what to write about, how to say the ideas to be written and to no...
  5. Extending Oral Language During a Shared Reading Lesson, Whole Group Kindergarten

    Extending Oral Language During a Shared Reading Lesson, Whole Group Kindergarten

    Watch as Debra demonstrates a whole group instruction kindergarten class. This lesson happened just before the first reading of Which Pet is Best? The book had ...
  6. Extending Oral Language During a Shared Reading Lesson, Small Group Kindergarten

    Extending Oral Language During a Shared Reading Lesson, Small Group Kindergarten

    Watch as Debra leads a reading lesson with a small group of kindergarten children. She invites each child to look at the pictures in the book and asks them 'ope...
  7. Extending Oral Language During a Shared Reading Lesson, Whole Group Kindergarten

    Extending Oral Language During a Shared Reading Lesson, Whole Group Kindergarten

    Join literacy consultant Debra Crouch in this whole group reading kindergarten lesson as she returns to the book for a sixth lesson (Part 1 of 2). Lift Off to L...
  8. Whole Group Shared Reading, Grade 1: First Reading of the Book

    Whole Group Shared Reading, Grade 1: First Reading of the Book

    Join literacy consultant Debra Crouch as she shares a big book with a First Grade classroom. Lift Off to Literacy™ is available from Okapi™ Educational Publ...
  9. Small Group Shared Reading, Grade 1: Returning to the Book

    Small Group Shared Reading, Grade 1: Returning to the Book

    Join literacy consultant Debra Crouch with a group of first-graders as they return to the book shared earlier with the whole class in this small group reading i...

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