Participating in a Professional Community-Handouts and Resources

Laura Beltchenko- Up “Close” and Personal, “Reading” between the Lines of the ELA CCSS Standards…A Magical Mystery Tour

Magical Mystery Tour PPT

A Framework for Teaching

Purposes for Questioning

Debbie Gurvitz-Close Reading in the Primary Grades Leads to Collaborative Conversations, Higher Level Comprehension and Critical Thinking

Balanced Approach to Close Reading in the Primary Grades

Text complexity Qualitative Measures of Text Complexity Rubric Adapted from Doug Fisher Text Complexity Raising Rigor in Reading-1

 Text Dependent Questions

Text Dependent Questions Wonderful Worms


Tracy Tarasiuk-Deeper Learning Through Discussion for ALL Students in 3-12


Socratic Circle Evaluations

Discussion Placemat

Discussion Rubric

RACES Discussion:Extended Response:Discussion Evaluation

Junior Great Books Sample Lesson Grades 3-5

Junior Great Books Sample Lesson Series 2 (2nd Grade)

Junior Great Books Resources (Download a Sample Lesson for Your Grade Level)

Jen Lippert & Erin Mextaxas-What’s up Doc? Students Prescribing Solutions to Improve Reading

Characteristics of Struggling Readers

Reading Targets Student Resource with Vocabulary Revised 2014

Recognizing Ineffective Reading Strategies Revised

Strategy Reflection

Strategy Usage Tracking

What’s Up Doc Reading Test

Whats UP Doc Diagnosing Reading


Thank you Crystal and Elaine!

Thank you Crystal and Elaine for a wonderful overview of The Daily Five on November 9!

Our next big event will be held on February 2, 2012.  Laura Beltchenko will be walking us through the new ELA Common Core standards and sharing practical classroom applications.  More information, including registration, will be available soon, here, at the LARC website:

Board Meeting July 14 – 4:00 pm

Our next board meeting will be held on July 14 at 4 pm.  The address is 3606 Riverside Dr., Crystal Lake.  Our main goal will be to make a decision on our speakers for the 2010-2011 school year.  Come and join us!  Refreshments will be served!  For more information or directions email Tracy at