Shared Reading Reboot: Using Short Texts as Mighty Mentors

June 28, 2022



June 28, 2022

School Teacher


9:00 am - 12:00 pm Central Time

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Session Occurs on Zoom





Recorded Access Until October 31, 2022

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Short texts are everywhere, and so are the readers who love them.  In this 3-part series, learn how to select, plan with, and use short texts as the mighty mentors you need to teach valuable skills and strategies, increase reading volume and inspire opportunities for writing across content areas.  If you are a K-12 classroom teacher, reading specialist, interventionist, instructional coach, curriculum designer or administrator, join me for this resource-packed series where you’ll leave with a toolkit for reshaping shared reading you can use immediately.

Session Details

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Topic 1

Creating Clarity About Short Texts & Shared Reading

From novel excerpts to the writing on the back of a cereal box, short texts have so much to teach our students about the form and function of reading and writing in the world. In this session, we’ll define and dream up short text possibilities and begin naming different ways to use them.  In addition, we’ll look at the workshop model, also known as the student engagement model, and determine the how and why behind using short texts to drive our plans, specifically geared toward whole group and small group shared reading learning opportunities.

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Topic 3

Curating Short Text Sets that Will Get Kids Jazzed Up About Reading & Writing

We know that surface learning can lead to deep learning when texts, tools, teaching and time are prioritized.  In this session, we’ll look at elementary and secondary short text sets that can be used across the literacy workshop and across a unit of study.  These mighty mentors will give students an opportunity to increase their reading and writing volume while transferring their knowledge to new literacy experiences.

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Topic 2

Going from Short Text Ideas to Responsive Reading Plans

In this session, we’ll think about making the most out of the instructional time we have.  Whether your literacy block is 45, 90 or 120 minutes in length, we’ll talk about a planning process that will teach into the skills, strategies and know-how your students need today and, potentially, even 10 years from now.  Together, we’ll look at elementary and secondary examples and ways to make the most out of short texts and instructional time to meet students’ wants and needs. 


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Julie Wright

Julie Wright is a teacher, instructional coach, and educational consultant with more than 25 years of experience in rural, suburban, and urban education settings. She co-authored What Are You Grouping For?  How to Guide Small Groups Based on Readers—Not the Book (Corwin, 2018).  Julie is best known for helping schools build capacity by matching their pedagogical beliefs to best practices.  She holds National Board Certification as well as a B.S. in education, a Master’s in language arts and reading, K-12 Reading Endorsement, and a pre-K through grade 9 principal license from The Ohio State University. In her free time, Julie loves walking, hanging out with family and friends, spending time in her garden, and she is a wanna-be beekeeper.