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Colorado Reading Journal

Summer 2014

DEPARTMENTS

SONGS & POETRY
Navigating the Current Testing Obsession: Looking for Icebergs, Michael P. Ford

INSTRUCTIONAL IDEAS TO SUPPORT DIVERSE LEARNERS
Sharks, Trains, Ducks, Rabbits, and Grumpy Feelings: Using Author Studies to Inspire Young Writers, Chris DeSimone and Emily Kielmeyer

CHILDREN'S AND YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE IN THE CLASSROOM
A Newbery Partnership – Two Perspectives, Susie Isaac and Elizabeth Poe

DIGITAL LITERACIES AND INNOVATIVE CLASSROOM PRACTICES
Where Can Storytelling Take You? Student-Created, Digital, Multimodal Compositions, Mia Kim Williams

EFFECTIVE WRITING INSTRUCTION
Cyberbullying PSAs and Digital Mentor Texts, Jen Maley and Charles Luce
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FEATURE ARTICLES

Reclaiming Assessment for Teachers: An Interview With Peter Johnston

James Erekson and Roland Schendel

Abstract
There are teachers whose vision sharpens with every new "solution" proposed and each mandate passed. These people stay focused on the big picture, using their vision to make sense of the details.

Behind the Aldo Zelnick Colorado Comic Novel Series: A Profile of Author/Illustrator Team Karla Oceanak and Kendra Spanjer

Christine Goold

Abstract
Goold introduces us to the series of books surrounding the adventures of a chubby, curly-headed protagonist Aldo Zelnick (an "athletically-challenged," artistic 10-year-old who'd rather fill his sketchbooks with cartoons and eat bacon than embark on more stereotypical outdoor Colorado adventures with his diverse group of friends and relatives) written for elementary-age readers.

Historical Fiction: How Hard Could It Be to Understand?

Diane Barone

Abstract
The author discovers, through literature circles and group reading, how well students actually understand and interpret historical fiction. Then she provides suggestions for teacher scaffolding to help students fully comprehend the richness of this genre.

Electronic Readers and the Diverse Learner: Happily Ever After?

Amber Reedy

Abstract
Research suggests incorporating technology in the classroom to improve reading skills. E-readers may be used in a variety of ways to engage diverse learners in elementary classrooms.

WHAT'S NEW

Read, Sketch, Review, and Rate

Christine DeSimone and Suzette Youngs

Best Digital Storytelling and Photo Manipulation Apps for Education

Mia Kim Williams, Catherine Otieno, Lindsey Schulz, and Xin Wang