Category Archives: Literature Connection


Narrative/Expository Text Sets by Genre – for Literature Connections


Looking for just the right books to teach a unit or theme is often quite a process. I always look in my classroom collection first but then I know I will need more. Off to the library I go! I search through the stacks for something even closely related to my theme. I enlist the […]

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Literature Connections for grades 3 – 6


Click here to download Middle Grade Literature Connections   The most powerful way to teach author’s craft is to have students become aware of the way authors use it in their best work. Students begin to read with “author’s eyes” recognizing and respecting the skills as they come across them in published examples. Can they […]

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Multicultural Literature Connections for Elementary Grades


Download the list, keep a copy for yourself, and pass one along to your school media specialist.   Twenty-first century students will increasingly see themselves as citizens of the world. Having the opportunity to understand and empathize with their global neighbors is a critical part of their education. When looking for a jumping off point […]

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Literature Connection – Stories with Opinion/Persuasive Elements for Elementary Grades


These days, in response to the most current state standards, students are expected to be able to write convincing opinion and argument pieces. The books on this list can support your efforts in this regard.   If there’s one thing kids are good at, it’s persuasion. They have strong opinions about all kinds of things, […]

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Literature Connection – Recommended Picture Books for Teaching Writing in the Primary Grades


Download this list of mentor texts and share a copy with your school media specialist. Refer to “Getting Ready to Write” to discover all the mileage you can get from these, and any of your favorite picture books.   Picture books are treasure troves of material that can be used to teach writing in memorable […]

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