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    Title: When On-Line Learning Becomes Overwhelming There’s Power in a Clear Purpose

    Author: Sunday Cummins
    Description: Tips for helping students stay focused on their purpose for reading.
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    Title: Give Students a Tool for Chat Room Discussions about Texts

    Author: Sunday Cummins
    Description: Quick guide on how to use the mnemonic THIEVES for starting and continuing conversations.
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    Title: Teach Students How to Use Online Sources to Learn

    Author: Sunday Cummins
    Description: One-page guide for structuring mini-lessons that support critical thinking while reading and viewing online sources.
  • The Case For Multiple Texts

    Title: The Case for Multiple Texts

    Author: Sunday Cummins
    Description: Providing opportunities for students to read or view multiple sources on a topic can deepen their ability to think critically while also expanding their understanding of a topic. This article includes quick tips for making this experience a regular part of your instruction.
  • What Students Can Do When the Reading Gets Rough

    Title: What Students Can Do When the Reading Gets Rough

    Author: Sunday Cummins
    Description: With the new focus on close reading of complex informational texts, students need guidance in how to take an active role in monitoring their own understanding.
  • Writing Expository Responses to Narrative Texts

    Title: Writing Expository Responses to Narrative Texts

    Author: Sunday Cummins and Ruth Quiroa
    Description: Describes practical classroom instruction that helps students write expository responses to narrative texts. Focuses on the importance of scaffolded, interactive discussions that include the teacher thinking aloud and shared analysis of student responses.
  • Using Choice Words in Nonfiction Reading Conferences

    Title: Using Choice Words in Nonfiction Reading Conferences

    Author: Sunday Cummins
    Description: Describes a professional inquiry into how teachers can use the practices described in Johnston’s Choice Words (2004) to support students reading nonfiction. Includes an analysis of audiotaped and transcribed reading conferences with third grade students during a reading workshop period.
  • Teaching for Synthesis of Informational Texts with Read-Alouds

    Title: Teaching for Synthesis of Informational Texts with Read-Alouds

    Author: Sunday Cummins and Cate Stallmeyer-Gerard
    Description: Describes the assessment-driven instruction that facilitated third graders’ increased understanding of informational texts, as revealed in their written responses to texts during one school year. Includes examples of students’ written responses.


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Sunday is an avid reader of new nonfiction for kindergarten through 12th grade. Her reviews include suggestions for the following:

  • How to use the reviewed book during an interactive read aloud
  • Prompts for student-led discussions about the book
  • Prompts for written responses
  • How to provide a book talk about the reviewed book during a reading workshop
  • How to use the reviewed book as a mentor text during writing workshop